The meeting will take place following the Ministerial Contact Group meeting in New York on Thursday, 27 September 2007 and will provide an opportunity for both sides to present fresh ideas and to develop realistic proposals. The direct talks will be followed the same afternoon by separate meetings by the Troika with the respective delegations.
Background: In light of remaining differences in the United Nations Security Council on Kosovo and subsequent agreement in the Contact Group to drive the process forward it was decided to engage in further negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade. This effort, launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 1 August 2007, is led by a Troika comprising representatives of the European Union, Russia and the United States. The representatives are Mr Wolfgang Ischinger (EU), Mr Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko (Russia) and Mr Frank Wisner (US). The Contact Group will report to the UN Secretary General by 10 December 2007.
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+/- 09:25 Photo opportunity before the start of the meeting at the Liaison Office of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the UN, 222 East 41st Street, 20th floor.
+/- 11:45 Troika press conference at the Liaison Office of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the UN, 222 East 41st Street, 20th floor.
Following the meeting a Troika press statement will be available on the EU Council website.
Media wishing to attend the photo opportunity and the Troika press conference are requested to register in advance.
Point of contact for registration:
Ignacio Sole Andres, protocol officer at the EU Council Delegation to the UN: +1 646 287 5620
Other points of contacts:
In New York: Mary Brazier, press officer: +32 477 970 874
In Brussels: Jüri Laas, press officer: +32 2 281 5523 (office), +32 486 798 055 (mobile).