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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 6, 2003


Opening of Direct Dialogue Between Belgrade and Pristina

2003/1011

The United States welcomes the announcement that direct dialogue between authorities in Belgrade and Pristina will open in Vienna October 14. The initiation of this dialogue is an important step forward on the path mapped out by the United Nations Security Council in Resolution 1244. This dialogue will include discussion of practical topics of mutual interest, including energy and transportation issues, as well as missing persons and return of displaced persons. The United States considers this dialogue extremely important, and hopes that both the government of Serbia and Montenegro and leaders of the Kosovo Provisional Institutions of Self-Government will approach them with serious intent and send appropriate high-level political representation to the Vienna launching of the talks. The U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Lawrence Rossin, and will also include Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro William Montgomery and the Chief of the U.S. Office in Pristina, Marcie Ries.

Released on October 6, 2003

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