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Yugoslavia: G7 Renews Attempt To Agree On Kosovo

Cologne, 8 June 1999 (RFE/RL) - Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrial nations (G-7) and Russia will try again today to agree on the text of a draft U.N. resolution to end the Kosovo conflict. The ministers plan to meet in the German city of Cologne after failing yesterday to reach agreement with Moscow on several key points.

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said he must consult with the Kremlin before the talks can proceed. German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer says he is optimistic that problems with the text can be resolved today.

Russia and the G-7 nations are believed to be at odds over two main points -- the relationship between NATO and the peacekeeping force and what the U.N. resolution should say about the U.N. war crimes tribunal, which has indicted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.