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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Report Calls for Kosovo's Independence

PRISTINA, Serbia -- Kosovo's minority Serbs should accept a UN proposal to grant the province eventual independence from Serbia, Kosovo's prime minister said Tuesday.

The plan, drafted by United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari, does not explicitly mention the word "independence."

But an introductory report delivered with his proposal to the UN Security Council on Monday, clearly stated for the first time in an official document his belief that "the only viable option for Kosovo is independence, to be supervised for an initial period by the international community."

Serbia, which wants the province to remain within its borders, called the statement unacceptable and held out hope for more negotiations. The Security Council will make a final decision.

The territory's ethnic Albanian prime minister, Agim Ceku, meanwhile, was preparing for more meetings on the issue with other members of his government later Tuesday.

Ceku said he was intent on getting Kosovo's remaining 100,000 Serbs to accept the UN plan and end a boycott of public institutions.

Ceku said the UN proposal offers Kosovo's Serbs "the full guarantee" that their rights will be protected.

Serbia's prime minister, Vojislav Kostunica, said he was convinced Russia would veto the plan in the Security Council.

AP, Reuters