Troika to hold separate talks with Serbians and Albanians in London
( RIA Novosti ) The diplomatic troika will discuss the status of Kosovo separately with Serbs and Albanians September 18-19, the British Foreign Office said Friday.
A Foreign Office spokesman said the meeting would be devoted to the final status of Kosovo.
He also said there would be no press conferences organized by the Foreign Office.
A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in the U.K. said Friday the troika would devote the first day to talks with a Serb delegation, and the second to Kosovo Albanians.
The previous diplomatic meeting of the troika was held in London August 9.
The troika is part of the Kosovo Contact Group comprising the United States, the U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Russia.
Kosovo has been a UN protectorate since NATO's 78-day bombing campaign against the former Yugoslavia ended a conflict between Serb forces and Muslim Albanian separatists in 1999. The province has been striving for independence from Serbia ever since.
Moscow, a staunch ally of Belgrade, believes that granting Kosovo sovereignty would violate Serbia's territorial integrity and set a precedent for other breakaway regions, including those of the former Soviet Union.
The coordinated resolution on Kosovo has not been submitted to the UN Security Council yet.
The UN has urged the Contact Group to work out the final status of Kosovo. The Group is responsible for a new round of talks between Belgrade and Pristina.
Direct talks on the status of Kosovo are to be held in New York late in September.