UN Special Envoy for Kosovo Ahtisaari (file photo) (AFP)
20 February 2006 -- Serbian and Kosovo Albanian leaders today began their first face-to-face talks over the sensitive issue of the future of Serbia's Kosovo province.
The talks in the Austrian capital Vienna -- under the chairmanship of UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari -- are aimed at resolving the last major unresolved question from the 1990s Balkan wars.
The closed-door session marks the start of complex negotiations expected to last at least until the end of this year.
Diplomats from the so-called Contact Group -- the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia -- have already agreed on a set of guidelines for Kosovo's future.