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
Ahtisaari's proposal calls for the province's independence from
Ethnic Albanian leaders, who demand independence, have supported the planand
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.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16