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Kosovo talks start in Brussels

Kosovo talks start in Brussels
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The UN’s special envoy to Kosovo has been meeting for talks in Brussels on the province’s future. Martti Ahtisaari joined the EU’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana along with several European foreign ministers. They will discuss Ahtisaari’s plans to give Kosovo self rule and put it on a path to independence. Serbs making up around 10 percent of the province’s population would also receive security guarantees under the proposals.

Serbia remains opposed to the plan, as does its UN Security Council ally, Russia. Many of the province’s majority ethnic Albanians also protested against Ahtisaari’s blueprint. They want full independence without delay. Demonstrations on Saturday turned violent and clashes led to the deaths of two protestors.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Agim Ceku urged ethnic Albanians to have faith in a plan that will eventually lead to independence. He called for them to stay off the streets.

A vigil was held in Pristina for the two victims of the demonstration. The rally’s organisers have said they plan a new protest for later this month.