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Czech President Says Kosovo Region's Biggest Dilemma

Klaus (right) with Croatian President Stipe Mesic on May 25 May 26, 2007 -- The presidents of 15 Central and Eastern European countries have concluded a summit meeting in the Czech city of Brno.

Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who was hosting the meeting, said that uncertainty over Kosovo's future is the biggest dilemma facing the region.

The presidents of Albania, Austria, Bulgaria,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova,
Montenegro, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia attended.

The leaders did not come to a consensus about whether Kosovo should be granted internationally supervised independence, as a recent UN report has recommended.

Meanwhile, approximately 1,000 demonstrators gathered in central Prague today to protest U.S. plans to place part of a missile-defense system in the Czech Republic.

Washington wants to put a radar system in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland to counter potential threats from Iran and North Korea. Protesters called for a national referendum on the issue.

The Czech government supports hosting the radar, but recent polls show that a majority of Czechs oppose the plan.

(Reuters, AP, AFP, dpa)