Kosovo Serb leader resigns from Serb National Council

BELGRADE, May 24, 2000 -- (AFP) Kosovo Serb leader Momcilo Trajkovic has resigned from his post in the Serb National Council (SNV), a leading body grouping the remaining Serbs in the province, sources told AFP Tuesday.

Trajkovic sent a letter to Orthodox bishop Artemije, head of the SNV, on May 6, saying he would like to focus on the work of his political party, the Serb Resistance Movement (SPOT), sources added.

Trajkovic said he and his party would continue cooperating with the SNV. His decision was to be considered by the main board of the SNV on its next session, they added, but he gave no details when the meeting would be held.

Serbs previously boycotted the UN-created interim administration council of Kosovo in protest against the fact that the were not consulted over its creation.

They also demanded the return to Kosovo of the more than 200,000 Serbs and non-Albanians, who have fled the province since the deployment of NATO-led peacekeepers last June.

But on April 2, the SNV agreed to participate as observers for a trial three-month period.

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