The three major powers trying to negotiate a settlement in Kosovo say the disputed territory could be partitioned, if Serbs and Albanians there agree to it. The US, the EU and Russia made the announcement – raising the possibility of a solution, once thought of as taboo by the West.
Kosovo remains part of Serbia, although it has been under UN and NATO supervision since 1999. Ethnic Albanians there want independence. Serbia does not. There are concerns that frustrated ethnic Albanian leaders will unilaterally declare independence if a deal is not reached.
A UN proposal to provide a form of supervised autonomy was blocked at the UN Security Council last month by Russia a close ally of Serbia. International representatives on the ground in Pristina have expressed concern that if the issue is not sorted out soon the security situation could deteriorate.