Serbia, Brussels to continue Kosovo talks

Talks between Brussels and Belgrade are to continue after negotiations failed to reach a compromise over Serbia’s draft resolution to the UN on Kosovo.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Serbian President Boris Tadic talked for about two hours on Tuesday evening behind closed doors in Brussels.

But the pair did not reach any agreement on changing Belgrade’s position on the resolution, which faces opposition from the majority of EU states which support Kosovo’s independence.

The European Commission said in a statement the pair would talk again on Wednesday – a day before the resolution is set to be discussed at the UN General Assembly.

“The meeting provided an opportunity for us to discuss the situation after the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion,” the statement read.

“Ashton and President Tadic agreed to stay in touch tomorrow [Wednesday].”

The political future of Kosovo is the subject of a long-running dispute between the Serbian government and Kosovo’s largely ethnic-Albanian population.

The country sparked worldwide debate after it seceded from Serbia in 2008, following the 1998-99 war and nearly a decade of international administration.

The International Court of Justice, ICJ, advised on 22 July that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law.

The Serbian resolution states unilateral secession is not an acceptable means to solve territorial disputes and calls for dialogue on “all open issues”.

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