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Eu/serbia : Serbia Steps Up Pressure on Eu to Prevent Recognition of Kosovo

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/serbia : Serbia Steps Up Pressure on Eu to Prevent Recognition of Kosovo

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Serbia's top politicians have been continuing their diplomatic offensive in the European Union in a bid to prevent any unilateral recognition of Kosovo by the Union, in the event that the province were to decide to break away from Serbia. Serbia's Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica appealed to the EU to warn Kosovo's politicians against declaring independence.

"The international community and the EU should make a clear warning that a unilateral declaration of independence is not something only in violation of the UN charter but also a threat to the peace and stability of the region," said Kostunica at the joint press conference with the EP President Hans-Gert Pottering on 12 September in Brussels.

Kostunica's arrival in Brussels was the third visit of a top Serbian official to the European institutions in the last ten days. His arrival was preceded by visits by Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic, who also strongly emphasised Serbia's opposition to its potential territorial disintegration. "I'm strongly opposed to any kind of partition of Serbia," said Jeremic on 5 September in Brussels.

The EU has not yet decided on its reaction in the event that the current talks on Kosovo's future status, held under the auspices of the Contact Group troika (comprising representatives from the EU, the US and Russia), were to fail to produce a breakthrough - something which could lead Prisina to unilaterally declare independence. Last week's informal meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Viana do Castelo has shown that the EU is still hesitating about whether, in such a situation, to recognise Kosovo or still wait for a UN Security Council decision. …

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