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Serbia's foreign minister said on Tuesday his country would
Serbia's foreign minister said on Tuesday his country would push for further talks on its breakaway province of Kosovo at a United Nations Security Council session on Wednesday.

The Security Council is set to hold closed-door talks on the issue, with most Western powers backing the Albanian-dominated region's drive for independence. Serbia has objected to the region's sovereignty, and offered Kosovo broad autonomy. A round of internationally mediated talks earlier this month failed to bring a compromise.

Vuc Jeremic predicted a heated debate at the Council, and said a joint statement was unlikely. However, he said the Security Council would eventually realize the need for further talks.

Russia, a veto-wielding permanent Security Council member and Serbia's traditional ally, remains opposed to sovereignty for Kosovo, saying it could set a precedent for other breakaway provinces.

Kosovo has rejected Belgrade's autonomy proposals and pledged to proclaim independence unilaterally early next year. The province has been a UN protectorate since NATO's 1999 bombing campaign that ended a conflict between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian separatists.

Speaking to reporters in The Hague on Tuesday, the Dutch foreign minister urged to dispatch a European police force to the Balkan region to deter new bloodshed.

Maxime Verhagen said the move did not require a new UN resolution as it fell under the existing resolution 1244 on Kosovo.


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