NEW YORK (Kyodo) Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed Wednesday that the decades-old dispute over the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido should be resolved and a World War II peace treaty signed during the lifetime of the present generation, Japanese officials said.

“It is a minus for both countries” that they have not been able to conclude a peace treaty in the five decades since World War II, Hatoyama was quoted as telling Medvedev in their first talks.

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