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Kosovo Serb Leader Calls Independence for Province 'Absolutely Unacceptable'

The leader of Kosovo's minority Serb community has again rejected independence for the Serbian province as absolutely unacceptable.

Milan Ivanovic instead demanded better security and economic opportunity for Kosovo's Serbs who have been living in isolated enclaves since fighting ended six years ago.

The Serb leader expressed a willingness towards giving Kosovo wide autonomy. He said any lasting settlement should help end political violence in the area

Mr. Ivanovic spoke after meeting in Pristina with the United Nations envoy to Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari. The envoy is winding up a three-day visit there in preparation for talks on the future status of Kosovo.

He next travels to Belgrade, before stops in Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority is pressing for full independence. Serbian authorities insist it remain part of Serbia.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.