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The United States failed to get backing from its allies today to impose new sanctions on Yugoslavia as a way to end violence against Kosovo's ethnic Albanians.

But foreign ministers at the six-nation conference issued a statement insisting on "an urgent start . . . to the process of unconditional dialogue with the leader of the Kosovar Albanian community."

"We expect (Yugoslavian) President (Slobodan) Milosovic to implement the process of unconditional dialogue and take political responsibility for ensuring that Belgrade engages in serious negotiation on Kosovo's status," the statement said.

The six nations, which oversee the Balkans, agreed to meet again in four weeks "to reassess the situation."

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