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Kosovo’s premier convinced, Kosovo will become independent country next year

Kosovo's planned to meet his Albanian counterpart Sali Berisha, while the United Nation's Security Council discussed details on starting the talks on Kosovo's future.

Kosumi said he was convinced that Kosovo would become an independent country next year, offering all the required guarantees to its minorities. He also asked for Tirana's assistance and close cooperation during talks on the province's status. Kosumi said that prime ministers of Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro would convene in Pristina at the beginning of November to discuss their problems and "Serbia is very much welcome to join."

Kosovo's top U.N. official, Soren Jessen-Petersen, also visited for talks with Albania's top leaders, many of whom have voiced support for Kosovo gaining full independence.

Kosovo, formally part of Serbia-Montenegro, became an international protectorate in 1999, after NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days to stop a crackdown against ethnic Albanian separatist rebels.

Its ethnic Albanian leadership and majority favor full independence from Serbia-Montenegro, while Belgrade and the province's Serb minority want it to remain part of the country that replaced the former Yugoslavia, the AP reports. A.M.