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UN urges greater cooperation in Kosovo

UN urges greater cooperation in Kosovo
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Ethnic relations in Kosovo appear to be deteriorating and could ignite wider violence.

That is the conclusion of a report from the United Nations special envoy to the fledgling state.

Lamberto Zannier told the Security Council Kosovo and Serbia needed to work out their differences and move forward.

“Kosovo’s long term stability and prosperity is inextricably linked with that of its neighbours and participation in structures fostering regional co-operation is key to the development needed to ensure long lasting peace in the region and the hope for a better future for its people,” he said.

There is little sign of a rapprochement between Belgrade and Pristina despite both agreeing to attend EU-sponsored talks.

For instance, Belgrade has refused so far to urge ethnic Serbs to participate in early Kosovo elections in a month’s time prompted by a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.

Meanwhile ethnic Albanians are growing increasingly impatient for international peacekeepers to leave the country.