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EU heads towards Serbian showdown


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EU heads towards Serbian showdown

The Serbian parliament has said no to EU or NATO membership if it is at the price of Kosovan independence. After hours of debate MP’s voted massively, 220 to 14, not to sign any treaty that did not acknowledge its territorial integrity, and sovereignty over Kosovo.

Serbia is due to sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU next month.
Serbia will resume its diplomatic campaign against Kosovan independence at a UN security council session on January the ninth.

The resolution also opposes the EU’s setting up a mission in Kosovo before the province’s status is resolved, and says Serbia must “reconsider” diplomatic ties with any nations that recognise Kosovo’s statehood.

Kosovan leaders say they will declare independence early next year, and several western nations say they will recognise it.

Kosovo has been administered by the UN since 1999 when NATO forces expelled the Serbian army which was repressing Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority.

However observers say the parliament’s hardline may be to preserve a fragile coalition ahead of presidential elections next month, and may not prevent the signing of the EU Agreement.

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