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From BBC...

Ex-Kosovo fighter claims victory

Hashim Thaci is impatient to declare independence from Serbia
Former guerrilla leader Hashim Thaci has claimed victory in Kosovo's parliamentary election, though official results are yet to be confirmed.
Mr Thaci said it was "a historic day for Kosovo". He has promised to deliver independence for the Serbian province within weeks.

Earlier, independent monitors said Mr Thaci's Democratic Party was well ahead, mid-way through the count.

But correspondents say a boycott by Kosovan Serbs may undermine the result.

The Democratic Party is one of several backing independence for the Serbian province.

Coalition talks loom

"Today Kosovan citizens sent a message to the world, that we are a democratic society, that we are ready to take our country towards the European Union," Mr Thaci told cheering supporters on Saturday night.

He has promised to declare independence immediately after 10 December, the deadline set by the UN for the conclusion of talks on the future status for the province.



His Democratic Party had 35% of the vote, with more than half of ballots counted, independent observers said.

That puts Mr Thaci, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, in pole position to be prime minister, though it is likely he would have to form a coalition government

The Democratic League of Kosovo, led by President Fatmir Sejdiu, was trailing in second place with 22% of the vote, election monitors said.

Official final results, however, may take several days to come through.

According to election officials turnout was around 45%, the lowest since the Nato-led intervention in 1999.

Serb boycott

The electorate was voting in parliamentary, local and mayoral elections.

One hundred of the 120 seats in the provincial assembly were up for direct election, with the rest reserved for Serbs and other minorities.


Turnout was low, while many Serbs boycotted the vote

Kosovo is formally part of Serbia but has been run by the UN since 1999.

Ethnic Albanians, backed by the US and others, want independence but Serbia, supported by Russia, is against it.

The BBC's Nick Hawton in Pristina, the Kosovan capital, says it appears that a large number of Serbs boycotted the ballot.

The Belgrade government had called on Serbs not to vote so as to avoid legitimising a government that may soon decide to break away from Serbia.

Rade Negojevic, a spokesman for the Serbian national council, claimed that only three Serbs voted in northern Kosovo.

However the Kosovo head of the European security group, the OSCE, Tim Guldimann, said there were "no irregularities" in polling and that the vote could be considered a success.
 

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Kosovo will be as independant as Taiwan. Some nations may recognize its independance but not the UN.
 

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Why should it be independent? There's no Milosevic anymore...
 

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Yeah,and tomorrow i'll declare myself a king and marry Ana Ivanovic.
invite me to the wedding,pleaaaaase!:angel:

and about Kosovo`s independance...i really don`t know what to expect.i think that it`s time to be taken a final desicion about Kosovo`s statut and it must be the best one for all sides.i`ve been waiting this to happen for some really long time and i`m excited about the fact that soon it may decided.but most of all,no matter what actually happen i wish everything will finish well and there will be no agression or fights.i wish all the best to Kosovo`s people,both Serbs and Albanians,and i wish them a much brighter future!:hug:
 

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Kosovo will be as independant as Taiwan. Some nations may recognize its independance but not the UN.
I totally agree. I can't see any allies of Serbia recognising it - USA will probably be in favour but there is no way Russia will accept it.
 

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Sorry,it's going to be a private and secret ceremony,not even Ana knows about it.:p
no problem,i`ll keep it in secret,during the ceremony itself,i won`t tell Ana that it`s her who`s getting married!:p :haha:
 

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Kosovo will be as independant as Taiwan. Some nations may recognize its independance but not the UN.
In reply to your rep, the only EU country not supporting independence, as far as I know, is Slovakia.

Wrong terminology on my behalf, however most of the European Union does favour independence.
 

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There are a lot more then just Slovakia, like spain, greece,cyprus,hungary then of course russia and china might not vote for it.
 

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There are a lot more then just Slovakia, like spain, greece,cyprus,hungary then of course russia and china might not vote for it.
Greece and Cyprus are a given, I didn't know about Hungary, I forgot about Spain.
Even then that totals 5.
 

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Interesting article here:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0928/p99s01-duts.html

And this point raised within that article in another article

"Kosovo's independence would represent a giant step backwards for all mankind's efforts to build diversified communities made up of free citizens, capable of living in peace despite the differences"
What I get from that article is that much of the EU has its reservations about granting independence yet few are opposing it.
 

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Kosovo's independence would be very bad, like someone said why should it be independent? There's no Milosevic anymore, and do they really think independence will slove all there problems? it will just make more.:(
 

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There are a lot more then just Slovakia, like spain, greece,cyprus,hungary then of course russia and china might not vote for it.
I have some doubt about Hungary.

It's more likely that Romania doesn't support Kosovo independence (as it has issues with the big Hungarian minority in Transylvania).
 
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