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UN Sec Council mulls over Kosovo

The U.S., France and Britain have submitted a new draft resolution on the future of Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo to the UN Security Council.

The new document is based on a plan prepared by the UN that would give Kosovo internationally supervised independence.

The previous draft gave a 120-day deadline for negotiations to conclude between Kosovo and Serbia – while the latest one omits that condition.

Meantime, Russia refuses to approve the document saying its adoption may threaten security in the region and that it ignores Serbian concerns. “The offers of this draft still imply that after some time Kosovo would get independence without direct talks with Serbia. We believe that this attitude is unsatisfactory. The proper solution should be drafted after a new round of large scale negotiations, probably with a new mediator, a solution which could be adopted by the UN Security Council,” said Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to UN.

“This recommendation by Mr Ahtisaari contains all the elements for the future status of Kosovo. There has been some flexible initiatives taken by major countries, I hope that countries concerned will look very seriously at this issue. Any unilateral action should be avoided by any parties in this issue, which will really complicate the already complex problems,” Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, stressed.