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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Patience Urged Over Kosovo

PRISTINA, Serbia -- NATO's secretary-general on Friday asked Kosovo's ethnic Albanians to show restraint and moderation while their province's status was debated at the United Nations and also asked for flexibility from Serbia and its close ally, Russia.

Kosovo is expected to be high on the agenda during talks in Maine between Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin.

"My message was a message of restraint and moderation," Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said after meeting with UN mission in Kosovo head Joachim Ruecker, Kosovo's ethnic Albanian negotiating team and a Serb representative.

De Hoop Scheffer said he had told Kosovo officials that "our NATO allies are against any unnecessary delay" and that he had asked Moscow to "make the Security Council resolution possible.

"I call on my Russian friends, and I call on Belgrade to show flexibility because it is essential that the voice of moderation and restraint prevails."

Hundreds of ethnic Albanians demonstrated in Kosovo on Saturday, calling for an end to the diplomatic deadlock over its demand for independence.