PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Austria's foreign minister visits Kosovo Thursday as international efforts intensify to shape the province's future status.
Ursula Plassnik was scheduled to meet Kosovo's top U.N. administrator Soren Jessen-Petersen, Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi and President Ibrahim Rugova during her one-day visit.
She toured Belgrade on Wednesday as part of her tour in the region, ahead of Austria taking over of the EU chairmanship in 2006.
Her visit to Kosovo comes a day after envoys from the United States, the European Union, Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Germany laid out three key guidelines on resolving the province's disputed status.
The envoys said the province could not return to its pre-1999 status, when it was under direct Serb rule. They ruled out the province being partitioned along ethnic Albanian and Serbian lines and also ruled out the creation of any new union between predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo and other countries in the region, such as Albania.
The guidelines leave several options open, including independence or a loose union with Serbia.
Kosovo, formally a province of the Serbia-Montenegro union that replaced the disintegrated Yugoslavia, is been run by a U.N. mission. Ethnic Albanians are demanding an independent state and the Serbs insist it should remain within their borders.