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Eu/serbia : Eu and Belgrade Agree New Joint Resolution on Kosovo

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/serbia : Eu and Belgrade Agree New Joint Resolution on Kosovo

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After nearly 12 hours of intensive talks, the European Union and Serbia have reached an agreement on the new text of the draft resolution on Kosovo, paving the way for re-launching talks between Belgrade and Pristina on all relevant issues except for Kosovo's status. Late on 8 September, a compromise was reached on a completely new version of the document. The parties agreed to jointly submit it to the UN General Assembly the same day.

"I warmly welcome the announcement by the President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, on the next steps at the UN General Assembly concerning the draft resolution on the ICJ advisory opinion on Kosovo," said the EU's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, in a statement issued shortly after the talks were concluded. "This draft resolution will now be a resolution put forward by 28 European countries," added Ashton, who was personally involved in the discussions.

"We have supported talks to come up with a solution for Kosovo and Metohija [Kosovo] since 2005 and we are carrying on today," Tadic said in a statement. He added that an agreement was reached through negotiations with the five EU members that do not recognise Kosovo - Slovakia, Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain - as well as other states that support Kosovo's independence. According to Tadic, the new joint EU-Serbia draft resolution would "enable a dialogue for resolving the Kosovo issue".

The new version of the draft resolution, scheduled for a vote late on 9 September at the UN General Assembly, no longer questions the legality of Kosovo's unilateral secession from Serbia, putting an end to the debate on the 22 July ruling of the International Court of Justice on this matter. …

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