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Russia calls for political measures in Kosovo and Metohija
February 23, 2000

Request for political measures in Kosovo and Metohija
Request for political measures in Kosovo and Metohija
Moscow, February 22 (Tanjug) - Russia urged today a political process to be launched in Kosovo and Metohija by which the status of the province within Yugoslavia would be defined in line with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 and by which all other provisions of the resolution would be implemented.

A statement issued this evening by the Russian Foreign Ministry said that it was not possible to stabilize the situation in Kosovska Mitrovica and in the province by military and police methods only.

The fact that ethnic Albanian extremists do not hesitate to clash with the U.N. peacekeeping force KFOR and other international structures in achieving their goal of cleansing Kosovo and Metohija of all non-Albanians is a matter of great concern, the statement said.

The situation in the province remains explosive and open clashes between ethnic Albanians and Serbs continue, while people are killed on a daily basis, the statement said.


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