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Amid Serbia-Kosovo Talks, Mitrovica's Divide Remains Frozen

The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo, Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci, met in Brussels on April 2 for another attempt at normalizing relations between the two countries. No agreement was reached. Serbia has refused to recognize Kosovo's independence, declared in 2008. Among the places affected by the frozen state of relations is Mitrovica, a Kosovo town divided into an ethnic Albanian section in the south and an ethnic Serb enclave in the north, where political leaders also refuse to recognize Kosovo as an independent state. (11 PHOTOS)

A couple walks past a traffic sign pointing toward the capitals of Serbia and Kosovo.
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A couple walks past a traffic sign pointing toward the capitals of Serbia and Kosovo.

Dogs gather near the main bridge across the Ibar River in Mitrovica, guarded by security forces.
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Dogs gather near the main bridge across the Ibar River in Mitrovica, guarded by security forces.

A barricade blocks access to the main bridge connecting the two halves of town.
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A barricade blocks access to the main bridge connecting the two halves of town.

Serbian flags fly on the north side of town.
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Serbian flags fly on the north side of town.

A pedestrian bridge links the town's two sides.
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A pedestrian bridge links the town's two sides.

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A spray-painted slogan reads, "Eulex go home," referring to the EU police mission in Kosovo.
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A spray-painted slogan reads, "Eulex go home," referring to the EU police mission in Kosovo.

A dog lies near the barricade on the main bridge.
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A dog lies near the barricade on the main bridge.

People at a cafe watch a protest organized by the opposition movement Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) in Mitrovica on March 20. Thousands marched to protest against the planned talks between Kosovo and Serbia.
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People at a cafe watch a protest organized by the opposition movement Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) in Mitrovica on March 20. Thousands marched to protest against the planned talks between Kosovo and Serbia.

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