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Serbian, Kosovo Albanian Officials End Two Days of Talks


Kosovo Albanian and Serbian officials have concluded two days of United Nations-mediated talks on the future of the Serbian province, agreeing to meet again next month.

The deputy U.N mediator at the negotiations in Vienna, Austrian diplomat Albert Rohan, said the discussions were held in a cooperative spirit. He said the sides found some common ground on such issues as how much power should be granted local municipalities.

He said the discussions did not touch on the principal issue, the demands of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority for complete independence, a position the Serbs strongly oppose. But he said the sides agreed to meet again March 17.

Officials say the complex discussions could last for months.

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