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Serbia to 'annul' Kosovo's independence

Latest update : 2008-02-12

Serbia will "annul" any declaration of independence by Kosovo since Belgrade would consider such a move illegal, a statement said Monday.


 
   
Serbia will "annul" any declaration of independence by Kosovo since Belgrade would consider such a move illegal, a statement said Monday.
   
Serbian President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and parliament speaker Oliver Dulic met to discuss a "real threat of illegal declaration of independence," a statement issued after their talks said.
   
"All state institutions must make necessary decisions and measures to annul all illegitimate acts of unilateral independence" of Kosovo, the statement said.
   
The statement did not precise what kind of measures would be taken in Serbia's response to the declaration of Kosovo's independence, which the province's authorities have planned in coming days.
   
Tadic will meet with Serbia's top security body, the Council for National Security on Tuesday, while Kostunica will hold a government session on Thursday, to adopt a "decision on annulment of illegal acts," it added.
   
If adopted, the decision would be later passed to the Serbian parliament for its approval and "will become active if this illegitimate act happens," the statement said.
   
In January, the government had drawn up "an action plan in case of the unilateral proclamation of independence of Kosovo."
   
Although no details of the plans were revealed, government officials have previously indicated that Serbia might break off diplomatic relations with any country that recognised an independent Kosovo.
   
In December, the Serbian parliament passed a resolution that said Serbia would reconsider "diplomatic and all other relations" with states that recognised Kosovo's independence.
   
Kosovo's breakaway is backed by the United States and most members of the 27-nation European Union, and the province is expected to make a unilateral declaration of independence next weekend -- something bitterly opposed by Russia, which has long had strong ties with Serbia.
   
Technically still a Serbian province, Kosovo has been run by a UN mission since the end of 1998-1999 conflict, when a NATO bombing campaign forced Belgrade-backed Serbian forces to leave the province, ending a crackdown against separatist ethnic Albanians.
 

Date created : 2008-02-12

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