On a visit to EU headquarters in Brussels, the Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has said his country will not accept any decision on the breakaway province taken outside the UN. “We do think that the United Nations and the Security Council are the sole institutions in which the problem of the future status of Kosovo should be dealt with and should be solved,” he said.
He also urged the West not to encourage Kosovo to unilaterally declare independence. The Serbian province’s majority ethnic Albanians have raised that prospect if internationally mediated talks fail. Belgrade rejects independence for Kosovo which has been administered by the UN since 1999. A plan by UN Envoy Martti Ahtisaari looks to give Kosovo a form of internationally-supervised independence.