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Kosovo, Serbia To Resume Talks On Fate Of Missing

5 February 2005 -- Officials said yesterday that talks between the Kosovar government and Serbia on the fate of some 3,000 people listed as missing from the 1998-1999 conflict will resume later this month.

UN mission chief Soren Jessen-Petersen, after meeting Kosovo's ethnic Albanian prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, said the meeting would take place "in the second half of February and it will be held in Belgrade."

The proposed talks will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides, divided over the Kosovo leadership's claims for independence from Serbia, since an outbreak of anti-Serb violence in the province in March last year.

Haradinaj confirmed "the readiness of the Kosovo government to give the necessary support for the resumption of dialogue, in this case the working group for missing."