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Friday, 12 January, 2001, 15:02 GMT
Kouchner calls for fresh start

The United Nations' outgoing chief administrator for Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, has warned the ethnic Albanians in the territory to respect the rights of the Serb minority.

Speaking at a farewell ceremony in the provincial capital Pristina, Mr Kouchner called for a fresh start in relations between the two communities.

He said in the eyes of the outside world the Albanians had become become the oppressors - a reference to the attacks on Serbs by Albanian militants after the UN took over the province in 1999.

Mr Kouchner a former French health minister and a founder of the aid organisation Medecins sans Frontiers has served as the top UN official in Kosovo since the end of Nato's bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. He's being replaced by Hans Haekkerup, a fromer Danish defense minister.

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