Monday, July 4, 2011

Kosovo, Serbia Reach Breakthrough Deal

Kosovo and Serbia have taken the first steps to ending more than a decade of discord with a series of agreements in EU-led negotiations.

Lawrence Marzouk

The talks have brokered three agreements between Kosovo and Serbia, including, for the first time, Serbia’s acceptance of Kosovo ID cards.

Kosovo's chief negotiator Edita Tahiri has hailed Saturday’s agreement between Pristina and Belgrade as Serbia’s first step towards recognising the independece of its former province.

The EU-led negotiations, which started five months ago, scored a major breakthrough on Saturday when the two sides agreed to deals in the field of civil registry, freedom of movement and acceptance of mutual university degrees.

Following NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999 and Serbia’s pull out, civil registry books were removed to Belgrade.

The agreement means that the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, will act as an intermediary, providing Pristina authorities with certified copies of all original civil registry books........................more:

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