The conference participants pledged yesterday to work together to prevent the return of ethnic violence that wracked the region in the 1990s.
The presidents of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia and Montenegro stressed the need for closer ties.
Serbia and Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic said solving the status of Kosovo, which remains under UN administration, will be a major test for the Balkan countries as they aspire to integrate with their Western European neighbors.
In a separate meeting on the sidelines of the summit yesterday, Marovic and Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano agreed that contacts between Belgrade and Kosovo should intensify, according to a statement from Nano's office.
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