Serbia has made a final plea to the UN Security Council over the future of Kosovo. However, the meeting in New York ended, as expected, with no last-minute compromise.
With wide backing in the West, Kosovo’s 90 percent Albanian majority is said to be preparing for a unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia next month. It is unclear how Serbia and Russia, who is also against the move, would react.
Four months of talks this year failed to find a solution. Serbia had called on the Security Council to pass a resolution calling for further talks. For many Serbs, Kosovo is the cradle of their religion and identity.
It has been run by the UN since 1999, when NATO drove out Serb forces to halt a campaign against ethnic Albanians.