STINA (AP)--Serbia's government representative for Kosovo visited the disputed province Wednesday in her first trip here since her appointment last month.
Sanda Raskovic-Ivic met with U.N. officials, but the venue of the meeting between the two delegations had to be changed due to a protest by an ethnic Albanian youth group.
Raskovic-Ivic said she was pleased with the constructive meeting she had with U.N. officials and urged them to pass on to ethnic Albanian leadership that reform of local government in the province is crucial for the Serbs.
Ethnic Albanian youths assembled at the main U.N. building in Pristina protesting her visit. The U.N. moved the venue to their administration building on the city's outskirts. After a several hours-long wait, members of Kosovo Action Network hurled eggs at the U.N. building.
Serbia's government has recently appointed Raskovic-Ivic to be their envoy to this disputed province, which has been administered by the U.N. since mid-1999 when a NATO air war halted Serb forces' crackdown on ethnic Albanians seeking independence.
An estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed during the conflict. After the end of the war, tens of thousands of Serbs fled the province in the face of attacks and threats from ethnic Albanian extremists.
Those Serbs remaining live mainly in isolated enclaves scattered around the province, and the two communities remain divided.
Talks to resolve Kosovo's status are expected later this year if Kosovo - legally a province of the Serbia-Montenegro union that replaced Yugoslavia - meets U.N.-set standards on democracy, human rights and rights of minorities.
Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority demands independence, while Serbs want the province to remain within their borders.