NATO's outgoing secretary-general called on Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership to stop "violence and hatred," warning Monday that Kosovo will never achieve peace without ethnic reconciliation.
"The Kosovo Albanian political leaders should publicly reaffirm their commitment to build a multicultural, multiethnic society, and we expect from them to turn actions in this direction," Javier Solana told reporters.
In a sign of Kosovo's deep-rooted ethnic troubles, the province's main ethnic Albanian leader did not show up for a meeting with Solana.
Solana arrived in Kosovo's provincial capital Sunday night and met with Serbian representatives. But the leader of the former Albanian rebels, Hashim Thaci, failed to appear for a scheduled meeting, NATO spokesman Lt. Col. Robin Clifford said.
Clifford offered no explanation. Thaci has complained that NATO and the United Nations have not been dealing with him as the leader of a transitional government.