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Kosovo Bids Farewell To President Rugova


Top international envoys joined thousands of mourners in the Kosovo capital of Pristina for Thursday's funeral of President Ibrahim Rugova.

Family members and colleagues marched solemnly behind Mr. Rugova's coffin as it made its way from parliament, where it had lain in state for three days, to his tomb.

Those paying their respects to Mr. Rugova included Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson was expected to lead the U.S. delegation to the funeral.

Serbian President Boris Tadic asked to be invited, but the Rugova family turned down his request.

Mr. Rugova died last Saturday of lung cancer, just days before United Nations-sponsored talks on Kosovo's future were set to open. The talks have been postponed until next month.

Kosovo's ethnic-Albanian majority wants independence from Serbia. The province has been under U.N. administration since 1999.

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