- Nov 22, 2003
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Never you mind, the UN is right on it. Bad news all around, don't you all feel better now?
Serbia in suspense before U.N. proposal
By DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press Writer 59 minutes ago
Suspense gripped Serbia on Thursday, a day before the unveiling of a U.N. proposal for Kosovo's future, a historic plan that officials say will map out a road to conditional nationhood for the bitterly contested province.
Western diplomats familiar with the details of U.N. special envoy Martti Ahtisaari's plan said it will not include the "I-word" independence. But they said the blueprint, which will still need approval from the Security Council, would lay the groundwork for eventual nationhood.
"Throughout the text, Ahtisaari has pointedly refrained from using the 'independence' word, but the proposals in effect describe a status outcome that might be summarized as independence subject to international supervision," one Western official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.
Kosovo has been a U.N. protectorate since 1999, when NATO airstrikes stopped Serbia's crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanian rebels. Ethnic Albanians, who account for 90 percent of Kosovo's 2 million population, have rejected Serbia's offer of broad autonomy within Serbian borders and demand outright independence.
Diplomats warned that the road map to be presented Friday to Serb leaders in Belgrade and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership in the provincial capital of Pristina would disappoint people on both sides of the ethnic divide...