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Kosovo's president condemns Serbia's resolution on province

Kosovo's president condemns Serbia's resolution on province

Kosovo's president accused Serbia on Thursday of "aggression" for passing a resolution condemning any attempt by the breakaway province to declare independence.
On Wednesday, lawmakers in Serbia approved a resolution calling on the country to "reconsider" diplomatic ties with any Western countries that recognize Kosovo as independent.
The resolution also rejected the idea of an EU mission in Kosovo before the province's status is resolved, and denounced NATO for allegedly supporting separatist Kosovo Albanians.
In Pristina Thursday, Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu called the move "unjust and baseless, in line with other constitutional aggressions" by Belgrade.
Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who account for about 90 percent of Kosovo's 2 million people, want to secede from Serbia.
But Serbia insists Kosovo _ considered the cradle of Serbia's medieval state and religion _ should remain part of its territory.
U.N.-mediated talks on a resolution to Kosovo's status failed, and ethnic Albanian leaders say they will proclaim Kosovo's independence from Serbia early next year.
The U.S. and several EU nations have said they would recognize Kosovo's independence because it has not been under Serbia's control since 1999, when NATO intervened to stop late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's military crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.
"Serbia will not decide Kosovo's fate," Sejdiu told reporters. "This policy that Serbia is setting ... has led to bloodshed and it is not in their interest to continue with this approach. We are against war and confrontations."
Serbia's resolution also calls into question the signing of a pre-membership trade and aid deal with the European Union, scheduled for January.


Updated : 2021-01-22 23:45 GMT+08:00