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Monday, March 04, 2013 1:24 pm

Talks struggle over Kosovo Serb autonomy

The Associated Press

A senior EU official says progress has been made in talks between the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo, but the Serbian leader says there's still a stalemate over the status of the Serb minority in Kosovo.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci met Monday in Brussels for their sixth round of talks mediated by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Afterward, Ashton issued a statement saying, "We made good progress." The statement didn't elaborate but said another meeting was set for March 20.

Dacic, however, said there was no progress on the autonomy of Kosovo Serbs who oppose the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina, Kosovo's capital.

He says the sides "exchanged our stands, but the differences remained."