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SERB CRITICIZES U.N. PLAN TO ALLOW KLA TO CONTINUE

Serbia's top official for Kosovo Sunday blasted U.N. plans to transform the Kosovo Liberation Army into a lightly armed, emergency corps instead of disbanding it.

A senior Yugoslav general also criticized the plan, accusing NATO of arming the former guerrillas under the guise of demilitarization.

The comments came a week before next Monday's deadline for the group to lay down its arms.

U.N. and NATO officials say transforming the group will help bring peace and stability to Kosovo because senior figures have expressed strong opposition to completely disbanding their organization, which fought against Yugoslav army troops and Serbian police for 18 months during the conflict.

Serbian leaders say that would perpetuate a military organization. Russia, Serbia's ally, has indicated it will oppose the plan in the U.N. Security Council.

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