RAMBOUILLET, France (AP) _ After a three-hour delay due to a Serb refusal to let ethnic Albanians leave Kosovo, the parties to the bitter conflict in Serbia's southern province opened peace talks Saturday, under international pressure to hammer out a deal.

President Jacques Chirac opened the negotiations at a 14th century chateau in this town south of Paris.

``There are times when history is in the hands of a few men,'' Chirac said. ``That is the case today.''