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Serbian President Warns Of Kosovo Violence

Boris Tadic (file photo) 23 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian President Boris Tadic today said that Kosovo Albanians are imposing "tyranny of the majority" on Kosovo Serbs and must not be allowed to blackmail their way to independence from Serbia.

In an article in today's "Wall Street Journal-Europe," Tadic writes that a compromise on Kosovo's future status is vital to stability in the Balkans.

He says that a failure on Kosovo "could plunge Southeastern Europe back into the violence and instability of the recent past." He didn't elaborate on what he means by "failure."

Tadic's remarks come as the United Nations awaits a report from one of its envoys on whether status talks on Kosovo should start this year.

Kosovo has been a UN protectorate since mid-1999, after a NATO bombing campaign forced Serbian troops out of the province.


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