Friday, November 11, 2005

Former Finland President Confirmed As UN Envoy In Kosovo Talks

HELSINKI (AP)--The United Nations Security Council has approved the appointment of former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari as the U.N.'s chief envoy to oversee talks on Kosovo's status, the Finnish Foreign Ministry said Friday.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan last week appointed Ahtisaari to lead the talks, which are expected to start soon.

He faces a difficult task as ethnic Albanians want independence for Kosovo, while Serbia wants to retain some formal control over the province.

The U.N. has administered Kosovo since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 1999 air war against Yugoslavia.

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