PRISTINA (AP)--Ministers from Serbia and Kosovo will meet in Austria Friday, the first high-level meeting between the former foes for two years, officials said.
The one-day meeting between local government ministers is to take place in Vienna, said Lutfi Haziri, Kosovo's government minister for local government.
The ministers will discuss reforming local government and the return of tens of thousands of Serbs and other minorities who fled the province following the 1999 war.
They will also discuss the return of property records taken by Serb authorities when they relinquished control of the province to North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led peacekeepers and U.N. administration, Haziri said.
Austria was the venue of the first official meeting between senior officials from Serbia and Kosovo two years ago.
Kosovo, formally a province of the Serbia-Montenegro union that replaced Yugoslavia, is being run by a U.N. mission following a NATO air war in 1999 aimed at stopping a crackdown by Serb on separatist ethnic Albanians.
Ethnic Albanians are demanding an independent state, and the Serbs insist Kosovo should remain within their borders.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires