U.S. mediator Richard Holbrooke began an intensive effort to solve the Kosovo crisis with a five-hour meeting ending early Saturday with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
"We covered most everything, discussed Bosnia, the implementation of the Dayton agreements, which we both agreed were moving forward, and a lot of attention to the crisis in Kosovo," Holbrooke told reporters at a Belgrade hotel.Holbrooke said U.S. ambassador to Belgrade Christopher Hill accompanied him to the talks while state television said Serbian President Milan Milutinovic also attended.
Holbrooke, who brokered the Dayton accords that ended the Bosnian war, arrived in Belgrade on Friday for what the U.S. State Department had earlier described as a "full-court diplomatic press" to end the conflict in Kosovo.
More than 300 people have been killed in Kosovo this year since Serbian security forces began a crackdown on Albanian guerrillas seeking independence for the province.
Ethnic Albanians make up 90 percent of Kosovo's 1.8 million people.
Holbrooke has previously warned that Kosovo could become the flashpoint for a new war in the Balkans.
Holbrooke said he would travel to Pristina, the provincial capital of Kosovo, later on Saturday for talks with Ibrahim Rugova, president of the ethnic Albanian majority in the southern Serbian province.
"We're going to go Pristina in the morning and consult Dr. Rugova, who we consider the main leader of the Albanians in Kosovo, and we want to get his advice on how to proceed," Holbrooke said.
Asked if he would consider talks to include the clandestine Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which is fighting a guerrilla insurgency against Serbian forces for independence for Kosovo, Holbrooke said:
"Well, as you know we want everybody who has a legitimate role in the destiny of Kosovo to have a place in these discussions. But how that works out remains to be seen."
He said he planned to return to Belgrade late in the day for more talks with Milosevic.
Asked about recent statements by Milosevic saying that the Yugoslav leader might consider restoring the province's autonomous powers that Serbian authorities revoked in 1989, Holbrooke said he would not discuss any confidential details.
"We have a standard rule we don't discuss confidential discussions and over three years we've never had a leak from our discussion here in Belgrade and hope to record intact for at least one more day," he said.
Holbrooke gave no indication of his plans beyond the shuttling between Belgrade and Pristina saying only, "We take it a day at a time."