Russia says UN should continue monitoring Kosovo

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MOSCOW, October 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has urged the UN Security Council to continue monitoring the situation in Kosovo, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko said, "Moscow has always advocated the key role of the UN in every stage of the Kosovo settlement. Monitoring of the situation in Kosovo should be continued."

Yakovenko told a news conference in the Russian capital that Monday's UN Security Council session on Kosovo had adopted a recommendation by the UN Secretary General to begin negotiations on the status of Kosovo, designed to provide fair standards, equal rights, and security for all ethnic groups in the Serbian province.

The spirit of the document is completely in line with Russia's position, he said.

Ethnic Albanians make up 90% of Kosovo's two million residents, with the majority of Serbs living in enclaves protected by NATO troops, after Serbian troops were forced to withdraw by NATO in 1999.

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