Census to be held in Serbia, without Kosovo, next year

BELGRADE, Apr 12, 2000 -- (AFP) A census will be held next April throughout Serbia except in its Kosovo province, where it would be organized after the end of the UN mission there, the Serbian parliament decided Tuesday.

The census in Serbia was to be conducted from April 1-15 2001, and would include refugees and foreigners living in the republic.

"A census in Kosovo will be held after the end of the UN mission" in the province, the text of the law said.

Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since the end of last year's 11-week NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia. The UN mission had an initial one-year mandate, renewable until otherwise decided by the UN Security Council.

The United Nations administration, along with other international institutions, had earlier said it would organize a separate census in Kosovo later this year, the decision was rejected and condemned by Belgrade.

The results of the census in Serbia would be published in year 2003.

The last census was held in Serbia in 1991, but the ethnic Albanian majority Kosovo population at the time refused to respond to the census organized by Belgrade.

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