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Proposal for Kosovo Autonomy Offered Instead of Independence

The Serbian government rejected calls for the independence of the United Nations-administered province of Kosovo today and instead adopted a draft document proposing substantial autonomy, but within the federation of Serbia and Montenegro. In setting out its position on the future of Kosovo, the government was critical of progress made toward building a multiethnic society in the province, saying the effort had proven “unsatisfactory, not sustainable, marked with ethnic discrimination.” It added that the security situation was poor and called for a greater role by Serbia in protecting the rights of Serbs and other ethnic groups in Kosovo. The Serbian prime minister, Zoran Zivkovic, said today that “non-Albanians, especially Serbs” faced greater security risks in Kosovo than did ethnic Albanians. Kosovo was placed under the international administration in 1999 after a 78-day air campaign to drive out Serbian forces, which had been involved in yearlong conflict with province’s ethnic Albanian population. Full Story

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