TIRANA, Albania, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Xhaferi said the eventual partition of Kosovo would subsequently destabilize Macedonia, Albania and Serbia. Xhaferi maintained that the rights that would be granted to Serbs in Kosovo would destabilize Macedonia because Albanians would compare their rights gained through their moderation in Macedonia with the rights accorded to the Serbs via their extremist policy in Kosovo.
Xhaferi said, "Once such analyses are made, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and particularly Albania will face destabilization."
Kosovo contains 1.5 million Albanians along with 80,000 Serbs, who live in separate areas guarded by NATO peacekeepers. Kosovo's international status is anomalous in that while it is a Serbian province containing Albanian, Serbian, Roma and Bosniac ethnic communities, it is dominated by Kosovo Liberation Army veterans. And Kosovo remains the subject of ongoing territorial dispute between the Serbian government and the province's majority ethnic Albanian population. It is a part of Serbia, but since the 1999 conflict has been under U.N. control as a protectorate.
The province's final status has yet to be determined, with talks scheduled for later this year.