UN envoy sees compromise over Kosovo plan "highly unlikely"

UN Special Envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari said the chances of a compromise between Serbia and Kosovo on his Kosovo plan was "highly unlikely", Austria Press Agency (APA) reported on Thursday.

Ahtisaari made the remarks after the Serbia's parliament rejected his plan for Kosovo on Wednesday evening in Belgrade, saying the plan was "illegal" in a resolution.

In response to Serbia's fierce opposition, Ahtisaari said in an interview with the Associated Press, "It's highly unlikely that we can move on that issue."

Alexander Bozan-Chartschenko, the special envoy from Russian foreign ministry, also said "the plan was not on an adequate fundamental basis to solve the problems in this area."

"The plan includes some elements, which are able to lead to the sovereignty and independence of Kosovo," he added.

Ahtisaari's plan envisages continued international supervision but self-rule for Kosovo, which would have a flag, anthem, army, constitution and even the right to join international organizations.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority is pushing for outright independence from Serbia, while Serbian leaders want it to remain part of their territory. Negotiations on the future status of Kosovo were officially launched in November 2005.

As the UN special envoy, Ahtisaari first met representatives of the Contact Group, consisting of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Russia, and introduced his plans for the future of Kosovo on Jan. 26 in Vienna.

Ahtisaari then visited Belgrade and Kosovo's provincial capital Pristina to present his plan to both sides. However, his plan prompted violent protests in which two demonstrators were killed in Pristina and other two seriously injured.

Ahtisaari will discuss the plan with representatives from Serbia and Kosovo for the last time on Feb. 21 in Vienna. The UN Security Council will then be left to make the final decision.

Source: Xinhua

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