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Serbian President Highlights Kosovo in Address to UN General Assembly


Serbian President Boris Tadic says the status of Kosovo is one of the most difficult problems facing his country, as well as all of the Balkans.

During his address at Thursday's United Nations General Assembly session, Mr. Tadic said any resolution regarding the U.N.-administered province must be based on recognized principles of international law and democratic values.

Earlier Thursday, Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika called for observer status for Taiwan in the United Nations, as the third day of the 61 U.N. General Assembly got under way in New York.

Thursday's session is expected to be less contentious than Wednesday, when the United States came under harsh criticism in a day of sharply worded speeches. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez described America as a "hegemonistic power" intent on world domination, and called President Bush "the devil."

The U.S. ambassador to the world body, John Bolton, described Mr. Chavez's speech as a "comic strip approach to international affairs."

Cuba's delegate to the Assembly, Esteban Lazo Hernandez, echoed many of Mr. Chavez's criticisms, describing the U.S. embargo of his country as a "criminal policy."

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