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Serbia drafts action plan if Kosovo proclaims independence

RIA Novosti

04/12/2007 19:01 BELGRADE, December 4 (RIA Novosti) - The Serbian Foreign Ministry has submitted to the country's government an action plan if Albanian authorities declare unilateral independence for Kosovo, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said on Tuesday.

"I hope these measures will not be taken, as I expect the international community to understand that a compromise will only secure stability in the region," the Serbian diplomat said.

Jeremic refused to specify the measures saying the issue was a "state secret." However, he told parliamentarians that the plan envisaged "breaking off diplomatic relations with those countries which recognize Kosovo's independence as the toughest measure."

"Serbia plans to carry on the diplomatic struggle so that the belief that dialogue needs to continue on the Kosovo status will win through at a session of the UN Security Council on December 19," the minister said.

The latest round of negotiations, held in Austria last week, failed to break the long-running deadlock over the province's status. The talks on the Albanian-dominated province's status between Belgrade and Pristina with Russia, the U.S. and the EU mediating, only saw Kosovo continue to insist on full independence with Serbia offering broad autonomy.

The UN has set December 10 as a deadline for the parties to reach an agreement. Kosovo has repeatedly said it will unilaterally declare independence if the UN fails to give its approval, while Serbia has warned it may impose an economic blockade on the small impoverished region if Kosovo Albanians carry out their threat.

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