Kosovo president calls for political unity on Serbia’s talks
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PRISTINA, Kosovo – Kosovo’s president has urged political parties to work faster to unite behind a strategy to smooth ties with Serbia, which he called the only way for Kosovo to join the European Union.
Hashim Thaci on Thursday called on politicians to reach a consensus soon on the government’s negotiating team, a move strongly opposed by the opposition so far.
Brussels has made it clear the EU will not accept Kosovo and Serbia if they don’t resolve their conflict.
Thaci said tough talks were ahead as the countries are set to negotiate on a 430-kilometer (270-mile) long border demarcation.
“There will be no bilateral recognition without concluding such a process,” he said.
Serbia doesn’t recognize Kosovo’s 2008 independence, declared nine years after NATO intervened in the 1998-99 war to stop an onslaught by then-Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic against Kosovo ethnic Albanian separatists.
Both countries hope the seven-year long EU-facilitated dialogue to normalize ties will reach a final stage with a bilateral, legally binding agreement.
Semini reported from Tirana, Albania.
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