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Serbia, Kosovo premiers hold 'useful' second round talks

Published on Nov 8, 2012 8:00 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo held "useful" talks on Wednesday to defuse tension in the Western Balkans in what was only their second meeting since the breakaway province declared independence.

"Our open and frank discussions this evening evolved around different aspects of normalisation of relations between the two sides and both prime ministers committed to continue the talks," said European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

"We agreed to meet soon again," she said at the close of a two-hour EU-brokered working dinner bringing together Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci.

It was their second encounter since a ground-breaking October 19 tete-a-tete brokered by Ms Ashton, who on Wednesday briefly met both leaders separately ahead of the talks.

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