Kosovo eyes November 28 independence declaration


PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) - Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku called on parliament on Friday to declare unilateral independence from Serbia on November 28, faced with diplomatic stalemate between the West and Russia at the United Nations.

Western powers looked likely on Friday to shelve the latest U.N. draft resolution on the fate of the U.N.-run province, under threat of a Russian veto.

Ceku said the United Nations had failed and challenged Kosovo's Western backers to support a unilateral declaration in four months, a move the United States has suggested it would back, but which would split the 27-member European Union.

He said the Kosovo parliament should adopt a resolution setting the date on his return from Washington, where on Monday he is due to meet U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"November 28 is a day of celebration," he said when asked by reporters why he had chosen that day.

November 28 marks independence day in neighboring Albania, a date also celebrated by Kosovo's 90-percent Albanian majority...

Great :roll: Chalk two successes to Tone, then..