Serbia welcomes possible talks with Kosovo

UNITED NATIONS  — Serbia's president said Saturday that his country stands ready to participate in talks with its breakaway province of Kosovo, but that it would never recognize the new country's secession.
Serbian President Boris Tadic's stand does not auger well for the success of negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, which the European Union hopes to mediate. Kosovo insists that it will not discuss anything that would alter its status as an independent nation.
Two weeks ago, the UN General Assembly adopted a Serbian resolution calling for talks between the two sides to start.