PRISTINA - Kosovo amended its constitution on Friday to allow for the closure of a Western-led supervisory body created when the territory split from Serbia in 2008, though EU police and NATO soldiers will stay on in the volatile and impoverished state.

The International Civilian Office (ICO) will formally close on Monday, a step billed by Western powers as the end of a period of "supervised independence" for the country of 1.7 million people, the last to be carved from the remains of socialist Yugoslavia.

Parliament in the capital Pristina adopted amendments to the constitution, removing references to the ICO.

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