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UN Mediator Committed to Having Kosovo Plan by End of Year


The United Nations mediator for Kosovo says he remains committed to present the world organization with a plan for the future status of the Serbian province by the end of the year.

Martti Ahtisaari told reporters in Brussels he will meet later this month with the Contact Group for Kosovo. It oversees developments in the U.N.-administered province. He said he has not been informed of any changes.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday presentation of the plan for the status of Kosovo could be postponed if Serbia holds early elections in December.

Ahtisaari told reporters that since no date has been set for the elections, he refuses to participate in speculation.

Serbian President Boris Tadic has pleaded for a temporary postponement in the presentation of the plan until after the election.

The plan is widely expected to include Kosovo's complete independence from Serbia. The province's majority Albanian population has been adamant on independence, while Belgrade seeks to retain some control over the territory.

The province has been under the U.N. administration since 1999 when NATO airstrikes in response to the Kosovo crisis forced Serbian security forces from the province.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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