Geography:

Kosovo is a province of Serbia-Montenegro, encompassing 10,900sq km - about the size of Belgium - bordering Albania and Macedonia.

The provincial capital is Pristina.

Serbia-Montenegro, with its capital in Belgrade, is a union of the former republics of Serbia and Montenegro that replaced Yugoslavia when that country broke up in the early 1990s.
 
People:

About two million. Ninety per cent are ethnic Albanian; most of the remaining 10% are Serb.
 
Status:

Kosovo has been run by the UN and Nato since 1999, when Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic's forces were ousted after a Nato air war ended his crackdown on
independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.

Future:

Ethnic Albanians, who say they are descendants of Kosovo's first inhabitants, want Kosovo to become an independent state. Serbs want the province to revert to tighter integration within the Serbia-Montenegro union.

Serbs consider Kosovo the birthplace of their identity, as it was the scene of an epic battle between Serbs and Turks in 1389 CE.