The new round of talks on the future status of Kosovo in Serbia
ended on Monday without any progress due to disagreement between
Serbians and Kosovo Albanians.
Wolfgang Ischinger, the European Union's special envoy for the
talks acknowledged that it's very difficult to find common points
between Serbians and Kosovo Albanians.
However, at the press conference after the talks he said that
the Troika comprising the European Union, the United States and
Russia will exert itself to find a possible settlement through
negotiation until the Troika refers a report to Secretary-General
of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon on Dec. 10.
Alexander Bozan-Chartschenko, Russian special envoy for the
talks said that the talks could hardly have a favorable turn due to
the serious disagreement between two sides, and he believed only in
principal that the talks had little chance to reach
According to the local media, all parties involved will hold a
new round of the talks in Brussels on Nov. 20.
Kosovo is an autonomy province of Serbia and has been under
United Nations administration since the Kosovo war ended in June,
1999. Serbia insists on its sovereignty over Kosovo, while Kosovo
Albanians want full independence.
The delegation from Serbia and Kosovo Albanian under the
Troika's auspices has held a few rounds of talks but did not reach
any consensus due to the disagreement.
(Xinhua News Agency November 6, 2007)