UN envoy: Talks on Kosovo status end in deadlock

March 10, 2007 19:46

Yearlong talks on the future status of Kosovo ended Saturday in deadlock, reflecting bitter divisions between Serbia's government and the disputed province's independence-seeking ethnic Albanians. "I regret to say that at the end of the day, there was no will on the part of the parties to move away from their positions," UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari said. He said his proposal granting Kosovo supervised statehood would be delivered by the end of the month to the UN Security Council, which will have the final say. Serbian President Boris Tadic decried the plan as "unacceptable" and "unbearable," and the country's nationalist Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica, said it violated international law. "There is no solution, no compromise," Kostunica said, warning that the UN blueprint would set a dangerous precedent for other independence-minded regions and "have a great impact on many parts of the world."

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