Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku has says independence for mostly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo of Serbia's government in Belgrade is near.
"A great dream of independence is close and it is only months away," said Ceku Monday in his regular weekly address in Kosovo, Serbia's southern province whose population of 1.8 million is 90 percent ethnic-Albanian.
A majority of ethnic-Albanians want an independent Kosovo, while the Serb minority of 100,000 demands autonomy for their enclaves.
In his radio address, Ceku called on the citizens of Kosovo to resist violence and to accept ethnic differences, the Belgrade Beta news agency reported.
He said now is a "time for peace, in which problems are solved through knowledge and work."
The U.N.-led talks between Serbs and ethnic-Albanians should decide who will govern Kosovo once U.N. civilian and NATO personnel leave the province, which have seen reported terror by both Serb security forces and ethnic-Albanian separatists.