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Serbia-Montenegro: Foreign Minister Says Kosovo Talks Could Begin This Fall

Belgrade, 6 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The foreign minister of Serbia and Montenegro said today that Western-brokered talks focusing on "everyday problems" could begin this fall between Belgrade officials and Kosovo's ethnic Albanian politicians. Goran Svilanovic told reporters in Belgrade that preparations for the meetings -- the first since the 1999 war in Kosovo -- are underway.

He said his government would like to focus on issues such as the security of the ethnic Serbian minority in Kosovo and the return of Serbian refugees to the ethnic Albanian dominated province.

Svilanovic mentioned among what he called "everyday problems" that need to be solved as the power system, traffic, people's ability to travel, and vehicle license plates.

The province officially belongs to Serbia, but is run as a de facto UN protectorate.