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9 Apr, 2008 09:39

Kosovo's parliament approves constitution

Kosovo's parliament has approved a draft constitution of the newly self-proclaimed republic. The document was endorsed without a vote and is expected to come into effect by the middle of June.

It describes Kosovo as a multinational republic with an Albanian majority and guarantees safety to ethnic minorities living there.

So far, thirty-six countries have recognised the self-proclaimed state.

Serbia calls the declaration a severe breach of international law and is supported in its opposition by Russia, China, Spain and Greece.