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Serbs proposed Kosovo divided on ethnic lines

Serbian leaders on Saturday proposed dividing Kosovo along ethnic lines to protect their people from attacks by Albanians. Bernard Kouchner, the head of United Nations Mission in Kosovo, said he would study the idea but did not favor it, while Albanians flatly rejected the suggestion. Momcilo Trajkovic, the head of the Serbian Resistance Movement, said his proposal should be seen as a temporary measure to allow different ethnic groups to remain in Kosovo. "We think that cantonization could stop the ongoing tragedy of the Serb people," he told reporters after the meeting. "The multi-ethnic Kosovo has failed," he added. "We think that the position of the Serbs and multi-ethnicity in Kosovo can only be preserved through cantonization."

Source: Free Serbia

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