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Brno Summit To Discuss Kosovo, U.S. Missile Defense --> The Unted states is in talks with the Czech Republic and Poland on basing missile defenses (file photo) (Fars) May 25, 2007 -- A summit of 15 presidents from Central and Eastern European countries is under way in the southeastern Czech city of Brno.

The summit is to discuss issues including a planned U.S. missile-defense system, and the future status of Kosovo.

The annual summit began with a dinner on May 24. Talks are scheduled for today and May 26.

The presidents of Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia, are present.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has cancelled his participation because the current political crisis in Ukraine.

(compiled from agency reports)