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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Breakthrough in Kosovo Talks

NEW YORK -- Leaders of Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians held their first direct talks on the future of the breakaway Serbian province with international mediators on Friday but neither side budged from its position.

The only concrete result of the two-hour meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly appeared to be that the three-way talks would continue, with a new session set for Oct. 14 in Brussels.

"There is no intention to turn back. Of course, at this stage the vision of the future is different, but they are ready to continue these talks," Russian mediator Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko said at a news conference.

Both sides acknowledged that "violence, provocation and intimidation would constitute a grave risk for the [current negotiations] as well as for the stability and security of the region," according to a joint declaration.