BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Kosovo's U.N. administrator was to meet with Serbian officials Friday, as part of preparations for possible talks on the troubled Serbian province's fate.
Soren Jessen-Petersen will hold talks with Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and the Serbian government's chief envoy to Kosovo, Nebojsa Covic.
The U.N. is expected to begin assessing next week Kosovo's progress on a set of human rights and democracy targets that must be met before talks can begin later this year on the region's final political status.
The U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan named Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide as his special envoy for Kosovo. Aide is expected in the province next week.
Kosovo officially remains part of Serbia-Montenegro, although the province has been an international protectorate since 1999, when NATO launched an air war to stop Serbia's crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.
Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians insist on independence from Serbia, while Belgrade wants to retain formal control over the province.
Jessen-Petersen told reporters ahead of his trip to Belgrade that he will ask Kostunica to further clarify Belgrade's proposal for Kosovo's status.
He will also meet a group of diplomats in Belgrade, Belgrade-based Beta news agency reported.