[ 2006-10-17 09:43 ]
|Australian actress Nicole Kidman waves to
locals as she visits western Kosovo town of Djakovica on Sunday,
Oct. 15, 2006.
Nicole Kidman is playing a role that has nothing to do with movies,
touring Kosovo as a United Nations goodwill
ambassador to the tense province.
"I'm here ... to learn so that I can help your country at this crucial,
crucial time for the future," Kidman said after arriving Saturday, "to
meet people, hear their stories and educate myself, and I suppose be a
voice for you if you need it."
The actress was named goodwill ambassador of the U.N. Development Fund
for Women, or UNIFEM, in January and the tour of Kosovo is her first visit
in that role.
Kidman's two-day visit comes at a sensitive time as ethnic Albanians and Serbs are negotiating the
status of Kosovo. Ethnic Albanians want full independence for the province
of 2 million, while Serbia insists Kosovo should remain under its
Kosovo formally remains part of Serbia but has been run by a U.N.
mission since mid-1999, when NATO forced Serb forces to halt a crackdown
on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.