World Bulletin/News Desk
A meeting of the Kosovar Organizing Council took place on Friday with the participation of mayors in preparation for the fifth anniversary of Kosovo's independence on Sunday.
The participants of the meeting determined the program on Sunday.
Meanwhile, speaking at a special session at the Albanian Parliament, the Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha underlined that "the independence of Kosovo was a masterpiece of Albanians."
Meanwhile, The United States has warned leaders in NATO ally Albania in no uncertain terms to stop stoking nationalism in the run-up to an election because they risk destabilising the region.
In a memo to the Albanian Foreign Ministry reported on Friday by a number of newspapers, the U.S. State Department said Albania's leaders were wading into "potentially dangerous" territory, given the history of ethnic conflicts in the Balkans.
Such remarks "not only promote more inflammatory behaviour and distract from this region's priorities, but also potentially incite violence, erode peace and stability, and impact our relationship", it said.
Even more bluntly, it told Albanian politicians to "stay out of the affairs of Serbia", which is in delicate European Union-mediated talks aimed at normalising ties with Kosovo, whose mostly ethnic Albanian population broke away from Serbia in 1999.
A U.S. embassy spokesman declined to comment on the memo.
Berisha has repeatedly complained of foreign "Albanophobia", and raised eyebrows in Serbia last month when he referred to ethnic Albanian former fighters there as "heroes of the Albanian nation".
Kosovo declared independence in 2008. But poverty, unemployment and a lack of integration continue to fuel discontent among ethnic Albanians across the region.
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