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UN Mediators Report Little Progress in Latest Talks on Kosovo


United Nations mediators say Serbian and Kosovo Albanian officials have concluded another round of talks on the future of the province with little sign of progress.

In Vienna, U.N. mediator Bernard Schlageck reported some movement on the issue of police personnel in municipalities. But he expressed regret that the sides generally reaffirmed their previous positions on how much control Serbs should have over such local issues as education, health care and freedom of movement.

The talks Tuesday are expected to focus on minority rights in Kosovo. But some Serbian delegation members say they will not participate. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority insists on full independence for the Serbian province, a position Belgrade rejects.

Kosovo has been under U.N. administration since 1999 NATO airstrikes forced Serbian and Yugoslav security forces from the province.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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