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UN vote on Kosovo independence abandoned

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Friday abandoned a resolution on a UN-supervised independence plan for Kosovo [JURIST news archive] out of concern that Russia would veto the proposal. Previous proposals have been rejected [JURIST report] by Russia and Serbia, which oppose independence. Further negotiations will instead be held by the Contact Group on Kosovo.

Kosovar Prime Minister Agim Ceku [official website] has urged the international community to quickly adopt a UN-supervised independence plan for Kosovo, saying that the Kosovar people's desire for an identity should not be held "hostage" to the opposition. In April, Kosovo's parliament voted 100-1 to support a UN plan [JURIST reports] to establish an independent Kosovar state under UN supervision. Ceku said Friday that the UN negotiations had hit a dead-end and that the Kosovar parliament should adopt a resolution setting November 28 as a possible date for declaring the province's independence. AP has more.

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