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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Belgrade Insists UN Play Role




BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- Yugoslavia said Monday that it wanted a UN Security Council resolution agreed to before any foreign troops enter Kosovo, throwing a wrench in NATO's plans for a quick deployment in the Serbian province.


"The Security Council, in line with the political agreement and principles set out in Belgrade, is the only institution in charge of scope and mandate of an international presence in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Nebojsa Vujovic said.


A NATO spokesman in Macedonia, where talks on a Yugoslav withdrawal from Kosovo and NATO entry into the province were suspended earlier Monday, said a Yugoslav demand that a United Nations resolution precede entry into Kosovo was a major sticking point.


Vujovic, who attended the talks, blamed NATO, which has set up a base in Macedonia in anticipation of a peace settlement in Kosovo allowing it to move into the troubled province.


He said that NATO commanders had sought to outline the makeup of a future international force, something he said violated the international peace plan agreed to by Belgrade on Thursday.


NATO wants Yugoslav security forces to withdraw from Kosovo within seven days and intends to follow them directly into the province to avoid any power vacuum that could encourage further violence between ethnic Albanians and Serbs.


The plan envisages an international security force in Kosovo with "fundamental participation" by NATO. But it does not spell out the makeup of the force, which is supposed to be under a UN mandate.


"The host delegation intended to insert substance into the technical agreement which violated the established principles of the 10-point political document," Vujovic said in comments broadcast by Serbian state television.


"Our delegation firmly resisted that and stated that one cannot preempt a United Nations Security Council decision," Vujovic said.