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Latest Serbia-Kosovo talks end with 'progress'

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February 20, 2013 11:16 AM EST | AP


BRUSSELS — Two days of talks between the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo on the issue of so-called parallel rule of northern Kosovo by Serbia's government have reportedly ended with progress.

It was the fifth round of talks between Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, all in Brussels and mediated by the European Union.

No details were released, but EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday, "The prime ministers are pleased with the significant progress they have made, as am I."

Serbia discreetly exercises virtual control of northern Kosovo, which is dominated by ethnic Serbs, through parallel police forces and other institutions.

Dacic and Thaci will return to Brussels on March 4 for more talks. Serbia considers Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, a renegade province.