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The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo failed to resolve their differences during talks Thursday, but they agreed to resume talks before the Sept. 1 deadline, Reuters reported.

"Unhappily, we did not yet (come) to an agreement today," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters after several hours of closed-door talks in Brussels between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. "But it is not the end of the story. Both leaders agreed that the process needs to continue and the discussion will resume in the coming days," he added.

Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo flared this month when Pristina said it would oblige Serbs living in the north to start using license plates issued in Pristina. The situation calmed down after Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, under US and European Union pressure, agreed to postpone the license plate rule until Sept.1, and NATO peacekeepers oversaw the removal of roadblocks set up by Serbs.

"There is still time until September 1, I don't give up," Borrell said after talks facilitated by the EU.

He said he told leaders that with war raging in Europe, now is the time to seek peace and stability, not to gloss over long-standing differences. "This happened when we are in a critical time for Europe," he said.

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