Serb Council ready to participate in Kosovo institutions

WASHINGTON, Mar 2, 2000 -- (Reuters) The Serb national council in Kosovo is ready to participate in the administration put in place by the United Nations, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleline Albright said Wednesday.

Albright told a congressional committee that the head of the Orthodox church in Kosovo, Bishop Artemije Radosavljevic, at a meeting with her in Washington last week, said the Serb national council, over which he presides, intended to fill the seat reserved for a Serb representative on a council participating in the joint administration of the province.

The Joint Interim Administrative Structure was put in place at the start of the year, sponsored by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

"Last week, Bishop Artemije, who is the leader of a large proportion of the Serbs that live in Kosovo, said that he would take his group of the council into that organization," she said.

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