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New UN Kosovo debate but no breakthrough expected

New UN Kosovo debate but no breakthrough expected
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Serbia is making a final plea to the UN Security Council over the future of Kosovo.

However, Western diplomats say no last-minute compromise is expected.

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 and the UN meeting is expected to end with no concrete action on the issue.

Serbia wants 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.

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