United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged there be no more delay in determining the status of Kosovo.

In a report released Wednesday, Mr. Ban said momentum in the process to resolve the status of Kosovo must be maintained until closure is reached. He said otherwise, there is a real risk of progress beginning to unravel and of instability in the region.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority is demanding independence from Serbia. The Serbs and their Russian allies are opposed to such a move.

Last month, Serbian President Boris Tadic told the U.N. General Assembly Serbian negotiators have offered Kosovo's ethnic Albanians special decentralization rights that would allow for the province's autonomous development.

Mr. Tadic warned that a unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence would violate international law and undermine world stability by encouraging separatist movements.

The United Nations has administered Kosovo since 1999 when NATO air strikes drove Serbian and Yugoslav security forces from the province.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.