PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, Nov 18 (AFP) -
An armed Kosovo separatist group has threatened to attack UN institutions next week in the run-up to talks on the future of the province, local media reported Friday.
The self-styled Army for Kosovo Independence (UPK) said in a press release that "everything is ready for such an operation" directed at the "modern occupation" of the United Nations Mission (UNMIK).
The Kosovo parliament Thursday adopted a resolution backing autonomy for the southern Serbian province but stopped short of voting through a declaration of independence after strong pressure from the international community.
"The citizens of Kosovo have to stay calm," the UPK statement said. "UNMIK's forces will not have the possibility to resist."
Police spokesman Refki Morina declined to comment on the statement as police had not received a copy. He said: "The KPS (Kosovo Police Service) will continue to keep control over the security situation in the capital with the same rhythm."
Kosovo, which remains a part of Serbia, has been a UN protectorate since NATO intervention six and a half years ago halted a war between forces under the command of then Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and Albanian separatists.