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NATO Expresses Support For UN Envoy's Kosovo Plan

NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today (official site) January 26, 2007 -- NATO allies expressed strong support today for a United Nations plan for the future status of Kosovo.

Spokesman James Appathurai said NATO foreign ministers, who met in Brussels, showed "a very strong sense of unity" in support of the proposal by UN envoy Matti Ahtisaari.

"[NATO] ministers did not discuss the specifics of the Ahtisaari proposal," Appathurai said. "[They] just expressed a general and, I would say, unanimous support for what is in the report. They are all, of course, aware of what's in the report, but there were no discussions of specifics."

Ahtisaari delivered his proposal today in Vienna to members of the Contact Group -- the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. Details of the document have not been made public.

Ahtisaari's office today rejected media reports that the plan contains a clear definition of Kosovo's future status.

Details of Ahtisaari's plan will be published after he has presented his proposals to Serbian officials in Belgrade and Kosovar officials in Pristina on February 2.

Analysts expect the proposal to contain provisions for the limited independence of the UN-administered province.

(compiled from agency reports)

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