One week after Russia blocked a binding resolution on the fate of Kosovo, the Kosovo Contact Group Wednesday opened talks to prepare an August restart of negotiations.
Meeting at the German embassy in Vienna, officials from the US, Russia, Germany, France, Britain and Italy attempted to overcome the US-Russian deadlock over the UN plan to grant Kosovo internationally- monitored independence, and find a new format for talks.
EU foreign ministers had decided Monday to limit new talks to 120 days and hold them within a smaller format to make them more effective. Germany suggested a troika of the EU, Russia and US to lead the negotiations.
It was not clear whether Russia was willing to agree to this deviation from the UN-mediated format. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday had again rejected talks on Kosovo's independence, fearing this could create a precedent for secession in other regions.
UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari said Wednesday he regarded his mission as over. He told Finnish radio he was willing to contribute in an advisory role, but had not been asked to continue his mediation.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2007, 10:06