Radical Albanians want Milosevic victory

PARIS, Sep 16, 2000 -- (AFP) Many Kosovo Albanians want Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to be re-elected next week because they believe it would hasten the province's independence, the head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Bernard Kouchner said Friday.

"It's no secret that the most radical Albanians are hoping for a Milosevic victory, because they think it is the quickest route to independence," he told Le Nouvel Observateur weekly magazine.

He said a victory for Milosevic would "finally oblige the international community to ask itself questions about UN resolution 1244, which is provoking more confrontations than it is resolving."

UN resolution 1244, approved after the NATO-led air campaign over Yugoslavia last year, calls for "substantial autonomy" for Kosovo, but under Serbian and Yugoslav sovereignty.

The Serbian presidential vote takes place on September 24.

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