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Serbian President Makes Landmark Visit to Kosovo


Serbian President Boris Tadic is making a landmark visit to Kosovo, becoming the first Serbian leader to visit the province since it became a U.N. protectorate in 1999.

Mr. Tadic began the two-day visit Sunday, re-asserting Belgrade's claim to the ethnic Albanian dominated southern province. He told Serbian supporters he will do everything in his power to fight for the rights of all people living in Kosovo.

Nearly 200,000 Serbs have fled Kosovo since the United Nations took control at the end of the 1998-1999 war between Serbian troops and ethnic Albanian separatists. The war ended after NATO bombed Serb targets.

Mr. Tadic met Sunday in the regional capital, Pristina, with Kosovo's chief U.N. administrator, Soren Jessen-Petersen.

Ethnic Albanian protesters threw eggs at the U.N. headquarters during the talks, but no major incidents were reported.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters and AP.

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