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Serbia criticises UN envoy for Kosovo

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Belgrade has criticised the UN special envoy for Kosovo over reports he is going to propose what is being described as “supervised independence” for the province. Martti Ahtisaari is due to release a report on the future of the territory after elections there on January 21.

“No one in Belgrade has seen Ahtisaari in the past six months,” said Serbia’s Prime Minister, “and he’s now talking about completed negotiations, on the basis of which he will make his proposal.” Vojislav Kostunica added: “It’s not clear how and with whom he’s negotiated, and how he arrived at his proposal.” Ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs by 17 to one in Kosovo, which has been under UN control since 1999. Press reports indicate that Ahtisaari will make his proposals to the six-nation contact group for Kosovo on January 26.