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The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo will attend a UN Security
The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo will attend a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, Alejandro Wolff, the deputy permanent U.S. representative to the UN, has said.

A report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon containing proposals for altering the structure of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) will be on the agenda of the meeting.

Serbian President Boris Tadic will attend the meeting as the head of a UN Security Council non-member and Kosovar President Fatmir Sejdiu as a private individual as Kosovo is not a UN member.

Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in mid-February. It has so far been recognized by 43 of the 192 UN member states, including the U.S. and the majority of EU states. Russia and China have refused to acknowledge its sovereignty.

UNMIK, which has supervised the province ever since NATO's 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia ended a bloody conflict between Kosovo Albanians and Serb forces in the region in 1999, is preparing to transfer its ruling functions to an EU mission.

Serbia and Russia have claimed the transfer of UNMIK functions would be illegitimate without a resolution by the UN Security Council. Russia has the right of veto in the Council.

Ban Ki-moon said in a report, delivered to the UN Security Council on June 12, three days before Kosovo's constitution came into effect, that both the UN Secretariat and UNMIK remained neutral over Kosovo's status.

Serbia's territorial integrity is guaranteed by UN Security Council Resolution 1244, adopted in 1999.


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