Monday, April 3, 2006

Little Progress Made in 3rd Round

Reports are that little progress has been made in the 3rd round of status talks between Serbia and Kosovo politicians.  There is great difference between the ideas of the two groups on how Kosovo will be run.  Serbia is insisting on autonomy and the development of a Serbian entity in Kosovo while Kosovo politicians are arguing for centralization of power.  One of the goals of these talks was to have an agreement on the method of local government but so far none has been reached as the differences between what the two groups desire are great.

The UN is pushing for an agreement on final status by the end of the year while some Albanian politicians are hopeful that an agreement will be reached by July.  The next round of talks are scheduled for the 4th of May.