27 May 2013, 09:56

Serbia approves plan to improve relations with Kosovo

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The government of Serbia has approved a plan to improve relations with Kosovo in line with the April 19 agreement, the government's press service said on Monday. 

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic immediately informed EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton about the move.

The implementation of the agreement is vital for the start of the talks on Serbia's accession to the European Union.

Kosovo and Serbia signed a groundbreaking accord to normalize relations on April 19. During an EU-chaired meeting in Brussels on May 22, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart, Hashim Thaci, have reached a preliminary agreement on a plan laying out actions and deadlines to implement this accord. The plan, however, required a final approval from the governments of Serbia and Kosovo.

Kosovo, a landlocked region with a population consisting mainly ethnic Albanians, declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. More than 90 nations, including the United States, acknowledged Kosovo's independence. Both Serbia and Russia do not recognize Kosovo as an independent state.

Russia backs Serbia on Kosovo – Putin

Russia supports Serbia in its talks on the Kosovo issue and hopes they will result in a viable and mutually acceptable solution based on the UN Resolution 1244, President Vladimir Putin stated after meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolić in the Black Sea city of Sochi Friday.

“We support our Serbian friends who are now leading difficult and challenging EU-mediated talks on Kosovo in Brussels” Putin said, adding that Russia will help Serbia to fund its branch of the South Stream gas pipeline transporting Russian gas to Europe. Russia will allocate some 1.7 bln euros to the construction which is scheduled for the end for the year.

The Sochi meeting resulted in a deal on strategic partnership signed by the two leaders.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA Novosti

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