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Kosovo Makes Bid to Split from Serbia

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Kosovo Makes Bid to Split from Serbia

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Kosovo Makes Bid to Split from Serbia

Kosovo Makes Bid to Split from Serbia

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Kosovo formally stakes its claim to independence from Serbia at a meeting held in Vienna. The session, which brought together the president and prime minister of Serbia and their interim counterparts from Kosovo, formally puts the international status of Kosovo on the agenda of U.N.-led final status talks.

Diplomats say concrete results from Kosovo's statement are unlikely, citing an apparently unbridgeable chasm between the two sides. Most ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of Kosovo's two million people, reject any return to Serbian rule. But Serbia says Kosovo is its "Jerusalem."