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UPDATED: 09:29, January 06, 2006
Serbia appoints delegation for Kosovo talks in Vienna
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The Serbian negotiating team for Kosovo's future status talks, which is led by top Serbian leaders, met on Thursday and appointed a delegation for Kosovo's status talks in Vienna in late January.

The delegation includes four members of the negotiating team as well as the members of the Kosovo decentralization working group, said a government statement.

The negotiating team, which was set up on Nov. 24 in 2005, includes three main negotiators, a nine-member operative part and a standing advisor. It is co-chaired by Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Serbian President Boris Tadic.

Kosovo, a Serbian breakaway province populated mostly ethnic Albanians, has been under the UN administration since mid-1999. Its future status talks are expected to be started officially in Vienna in late January under the auspices of UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari.

In the meeting chaired by Kostunica on Thursday, the team also unanimously adopted a platform of the negotiating team for the forthcoming talks, said the statement, adding that the platform is based on the well-known principles from the previously adopted documents.

These principles are the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, essential autonomy for Kosovo within Serbia, the formation of a Serb entity in Kosovo via comprehensive decentralization, protection of Orthodox churches and monasteries, as well as the entire cultural heritage and the protection of public and private property in the province.

Source: Xinhua

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