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EU pressure fails to break Kosovo-Serbia deadlock

Brussels has been trying for years to resolve the dispute

27 October, 10:11

(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, OCT 27 - EU leaders on Thursday failed to convince Kosovo and Serbia to make a breakthrough in the protracted push to normalise ties between the two Balkan neighbours. Kosovan Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic held separate talks with top EU officials and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy in Brussels. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said a proposal was put on the table to overcome a key stumbling block on establishing an association of municipalities of Serbian majority in the north of Kosovo. "Unhappily, the parties were not ready to agree on that, without preconditions that were unacceptable to the other party," Borrell said. "We will continue insisting and working in order to get an agreement," he added. The two Balkan leaders blamed each other for the failure of the talks. "Despite this generous offer by Prime Minister Kurti, the President of Serbia, Vucic, has refused to sign an agreement with Kosovo," Kurti's office said. Vucic in turn said he was "ready to sign whatever you want except Kosovo's presence in the UN and the issue of Kosovo's independence". Brussels has been trying for years to resolve the long-running dispute between Balkan neighbours that has soured relations since their war more than two decades ago. (ANSA-AFP).
   

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