Text of report in English by Macedonian news agency Makfax
The division of Kosovo might force scores of people to leave their houses and cause instability in other parts of the Balkans, particularly in Macedonia, says the report of the International Crisis Group [ICG], published on Tuesday [13 September].
Western forces and United Nations should offer autonomy to the Serbs in northern Kosovo, in order to avoid the division of the province on ethnic lines, says the Brussels- based organization.
Instead of international control, the Serbs living in the north of the province should be granted broader competencies, which would turn that region into "pivotal point of the efforts to provide services for the Kosovo Serbs," says ICG.
"The Serbs in the north should be offered a substantial autonomy, including transfer of power to the municipalities, granting the right of municipalities merging, and ensuring coordination with the ministers of the Kosovo government through the Serbian representatives," says the report, which focused mainly on Kosovska Mitrovica, where one third of the remaining Serbs in Kosovo live.
Source: Makfax news agency, Skopje, in English 1344 gmt 13 Sep 05