It is not often that you see ordinary Kosovo Serbs and ethnic Albanians in the same street, let alone the same room.
But they were sitting within a metre of one another as members of a studio audience participating in a BBC question and answer session.
A panel included Kosovo's Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi, the head of the UN Mission in Kosovo (Unmik), Soeren Jessen-Petersen, and senior Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic.
As senior Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide begins a study for the UN which could at last lead to final status talks on the future of Kosovo, the media spotlight has been on diplomacy, "standards", and debates about the difference between autonomy and independence.
But it was clear from this session in Pristina that the concerns of ordinary Kosovo Albanians and Serbs are grounded in the realities of daily life in the province - security, the threat of violence and unemployment.
One young man from the Serbian enclave of Gracanica asked Mr Kosumi: "When will I finally be able to come to Pristina, walk the streets and speak Serbian - my mother tongue - in safety?"
The reply was: "Come tomorrow and we will drink coffee together. But you in turn have to invite me to Gracanica."
A Kosovo Albanian student complained about corruption, saying that a place in university was only guaranteed to those who could afford the bribes.
But most of all the questions revolved around fears for the future.
Six years after the war which pitched Nato and ethnic Albanians on one side against Serbs and the Yugoslav military on the other, Kosovo is in limbo.
On paper it is part of Serbia and Montenegro, in reality it is under international administration, and in the aspirations of the vast majority of its people it is headed for independence.
But just now, the unemployment rate is at least 45%, most of the population is under the age of 15, and the province's status is "unresolved."
Mr Jessen-Petersen said: "Kosovo is the only place in Europe with negative economic growth... but Kosovo is also the only place in Europe that doesn't have a clear status... and as long as that issue is not resolved we will not see any clear improvement in the situation".
Religious symbols have been bearing the brunt of ethnic violence
There is a gathering sense of urgency both here and abroad. Kosovo is first meant to fulfil a number of "standards" which Unmik says aim to create "a truly multi-ethnic, stable and democratic Kosovo".
Mr Eide is currently assessing progress on fulfilling the "standards", and whether it is enough to begin serious negotiations on Kosovo's final status.
But some influential countries, notably the US, are keen for talks to begin even if the standards are not fully met.
On a recent visit, US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said "the status quo in Kosovo is unsustainable and the US wants to see sufficient progress this summer which leads to final status talks".
For the young of Kosovo change cannot come soon enough.
As a psychology graduate told the panel of leaders: "Most of my friends have no jobs, and I am the same. What should I do? Where should I go?"