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UN's Kosovo Administrator Leaves Post

Soren Jessen-Petersen after his news conference in Pristina today (epa) June 12, 2006 -- The UN administrator for Kosovo, Soren Jessen-Petersen, announced today that he is leaving his post for personal reasons.

Jessen-Petersen made the announcement just weeks before talks with Belgrade officials about the province's future enter a crucial phase.

UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari said on June 11 that he intends to bring together top officials from Belgrade and Prishtina by the end of July for talks on Kosovo's future.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority wants independence for Kosovo. Belgrade wants the province to remain part of Serbia.

(Reuters, AP, AFP)