Kosovo's parliament endorses U.N. plan

Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a U.N. plan Thursday that proposes internationally supervised independence for the disputed province.

Kosovo's parliament endorses U.N. plan

Kosovo's parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a U.N. planThursday that proposes internationally supervised independence for the disputedprovince.

The resolution was approved 100-1 in the overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian120-seat assembly, drawing a thunderous applaud and a standing ovation.Nineteen lawmakers were absent from the vote.

The U.N. plan needs to be approved by the UN Security Councilto take effect.

Kosovo's parliament welcomed the plan drafted by U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari"believing that his recommendations present a balanced and right solution,that is in accordance with the will of people of Kosovo," the resolutionsaid.

The lawmakers pledged to "fully implement" the status package,outlined by the former Finnish president who mediated yearlong talks betweenethnic Albanians and Serbs over the contested territory.

Ahtisaari appeared before the Security Council to discuss his plan Tuesdayand faced opposition and skepticism from some members. The proposal has thesupport of United States andkey European Union states,but Russia has implied itcould use its veto power in the council if Serbia's interests are notaddressed.

Ahtisaari's proposal calls for the province's independence from Serbia,initially supervised by the international community, and offers broad rights tothe province's Serb minority to run their daily affairs and preserve theiridentity and culture.

Ethnic Albanian leaders, who demand independence, have supported the planand Serbia— which insists the province remains within its borders — has vehemently rejectedit.

Some ethnic Albanians have protested against the plan, which they say offerstoo many concessions to the Serb minority living in Kosovo and risks theprovince's division along ethnic lines.

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