- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 23, 2006

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Kosovo leader seeks protection from Serbs

PRISTINA — The prime minister of Kosovo yesterday called on the province’s U.N. administration to increase security on its northern border to isolate it from Serbia proper.

“KFOR and UNMIK have to undertake measures in order to isolate this part [of Kosovo] from Serbia, politically and practically, and establish such measures on the border, which are the same as on the rest of the Kosovo borders,” Prime Minister M. Agim Ceku said.

KFOR is the acronym for NATO peacekeepers, and UNMIK is the acronym for the U.N. administration that runs Kosovo.

He was speaking before attending U.N.-sponsored talks between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo’s ethnic- Albanian leaders in Vienna, Austria, tomorrow, the first such meeting since the 1998-1999 Kosovo war.

BRITAIN

Coroner steps down in Diana death probe

LONDON — The coroner investigating the death of Princess Diana says he is stepping down from that job because his workload is too heavy.

Dr. Michael Burgess, the coroner for the royal household and the county of Surrey, said he did not have enough time to do a thorough job on the inquest into the 1997 deaths of Diana and her companion, Dodi Fayed.

He has asked the government to nominate a senior judicial official to take his place on the inquest, his office said in a statement. He plans to remain a coroner handling other cases.

IRELAND

Husband wins case over frozen embryos

DUBLIN — An Irish judge has ruled in a dispute over three frozen embryos that a separated husband had not given his consent for them to be implanted in his estranged wife.

The preliminary High Court ruling dealt on Tuesday with the private aspect of the case, and Judge Brian McGovern will now consider the wider aspect of the fate of the three embryos.

GREECE

Grandmother to be grand daughter’s mom

ATHENS — A 52-year-old Greek woman is to give birth to her own grandchild after being granted legal permission to act as a surrogate mother for her daughter, Greek newspapers reported.

Greece normally imposes an age limit of 50 on surrogate mothers, but a court in the southern city of Corinth made an exception because the woman’s daughter has health problems that prevented her carrying a pregnancy to term.

The mother will be implanted with embryos from her 29-year-old daughter’s eggs that have been fertilized by her son-in-law.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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