Serbia published its own peace proposal for Kosovo Saturday, envisioning a form of self-rule while keeping the province firmly within Serbia. An ethnic Albanian negotiator turned it down.
The plan, which comes only days after Serbia's President Milan Milutinovic rejected a U.S. proposal, calls for an interim three-year agreement giving the province "broad self-rule." Serbia is the dominant republic of Yugoslavia.
Published Saturday in the state-run daily, Politika, the plan stressed that any permanent settlement must respect Yugoslavia's territorial integrity.
The Serb plan also calls for elections in Kosovo in nine months.
The Serb plan came amid escalating tensions in Kosovo after accusations that ethnic Albanian rebels ambushed a Serb police vehicle Friday, killing two policemen and wounding three others.