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Serbia Slams UN Envoy's Amended Plan for Kosovo

Ethnic Albanian negotiators from Kosovo and Serbian leaders remain deeply divided after receiving the amended United Nations plan on the future of Serbia's breakaway province.

Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu said the changes in the proposal do not alter the essence of the draft, which is acceptable to the ethnic Albanian team.

But in Belgrade, a spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party of Serbia said the amended plan is even worse than the previous one. He said the plan is in line with the separatists' side.

The plan offers Kosovo self-government and membership in international organizations, but falls short of the outright independence demanded by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority.

Serbia rejects the plan as a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried, who visited Serbia and Kosovo this week has supported the plan.

Serbian and ethnic Albanian teams are to meet again on March 10 before U.N. mediator Martti Ahtisaari presents his proposal to the Security Council later this month.

Kosovo has been under U.N. administration since 1999, when NATO air strikes drove Serbian and Yugoslav security forces out of the province, following a deadly crackdown on ethnic Albanians.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.