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Slovenia gives Kosovo centre-stage at EU

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Slovenia gives Kosovo centre-stage at EU


The European Council in Brussels has become the new focus for finding a solution in Kosovo after the UN Security Council failed to agree on the Serbian province’s future.

As Slovenia prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the EU, the country’s foreign minister said the bloc should be ready to guide Kosovo on an unstoppable path to independence.

Dimitrij Rupel said: “What is ahead of us now? The EU and Kosovo have to agree what to do next in a reasonable manner, and without any blackmail. It’s clear that certain processes cannot be held back.”

Kosovo’s population is mainly made up of ethnic Albanians, who have Western backing for independence from Serbia. Serbia and Russia firmly oppose any breakaway. In Pristina, Fatmir Limaj, from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, welcomed Slovenia’s move to put the issue at the heart of the EU. He said: “Kosovo is coming back to where it started, as a European issue. It is leaving the UN Security Council and is coming back to the European family..”

A large majority of EU states are thought likely to support a declaration of independence, which ethnic Albanian leaders are expected to make early next year. Slovenia’s foreign minister has made it clear his country will ensure the European Union is not divided over the issue.

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