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18 Sep, 2007 01:40

`Troika` to have another go at reaching Kosovo compromise

Mediators from the International Contact Group on the future status of Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo are due to hold separate talks with Serbians and Kosovo Albanians. The talks are expected to take place at the meeting of the so-called 'Troika' i

Established in July to mediate during renewed Kosovo talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the Troika comprises Russia, the EU and the United States.

Earlier, internationally-mediated discussions on the region's status resulted in no compromise, with its ethnic Albanian majority seeking independence, while Serbia insists it remains part of the country.

The province has been a UN protectorate since 1999. Direct talks on the issue are scheduled for late September.