Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo Meet in Brussels, Pledging to Work Towards Better Relations

by Colonel on February 7, 2013

“The former Serbian province seceded in 2008.

European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who has mediated between Belgrade and Pristina, held the brief talks with Serbia’s Tomislav Nikolic, once an advocate of the Greater Serbia policy that fomented the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga of majority-Albanian Kosovo.

The EU is pressing both sides to mend ties five years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, before the bloc moves ahead with Serbia’s bid to join.

The main talks involve the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo, who will meet again later in February.

Serbia lost control over Kosovo in 1999 after NATO-mounted air war against Serbian military and police forces accused of trying to purge Kosovo of ethnic Albanians to put down the uprising.

It refuses to recognize Kosovo’s sovereignty, which is backed by over 90 countries.

” – (Additional reporting by Oliver Denzer and Ethan Bilby; Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; Editing by Angus MacSwan), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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