Serbia's foreign minister says the government should admit it does not govern Kosovo and let it join all bodies except the United Nations.
"Serbia should clearly state that it does not govern Kosovo, that it shall not govern Kosovo, and that it is up to the (ethnic) Albanian majority to govern Kosovo, with respect of the Serbian rights," Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic told state-controlled Radio-Television Serbia.
"Serbia should state that we absolutely support the independent and parallel path of Kosovo towards Europe and that we have nothing against representation of an independent Kosovo in all international organizations, except in the United Nations.," Draskovic said.
"There cannot be a seat (for Kosovo) in the United Nations and there is no change in the present borders with Albania and Macedonia," he said.
Draskovic called his proposal a compromise following Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku insistence on the province's independence.
In Vienna, Austria, Serbs and ethnic Albanians, with U.N. mediation, have been negotiating the future of Kosovo, whose 2 million population is 90 percent ethnic Albanian.
Formally, Kosovo is part of Serbia, but it has been under U.N. administration since 1999 when NATO air sttacks forced Serbian troops to withdraw.