Yesterday, March 26th, UN Secretary General Ban Kai Moon presented Martti Ahtisaari's proposal on Kosovo to the Security Council. He said:
Having taken into account the developments in the process designed to determine Kosovo’s future status, I fully support both the recommendation made by my Special Envoy in his report on Kosovo’s future status and the Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement.
Ahtisaari's official report to the UNSC leads with this:
"Recommendation: Kosovo’s status should be independence, supervised by the international community"
As far as I know, this is the first time the "I-word" (independence) has been used by a high-ranking UN official in an official documents. The report later outlines why, "Independence with international supervision is the only viable option."
Check out Ban Kai Moon's submission and Ahtisaari's document here (PDF).