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Serbia PM claims EU overtures are a "trap"

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Serbia PM claims EU overtures are a "trap"

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Serbia’s prime minister has denounced plans to sign a political agreement with the European Union over eventual membership of the bloc. Vojislav Kostunica claims it is a trick intended to trap the former Yugoslav republic into accepting independence in Kosovo.

His statement exposes deepening rifts in his coalition government and with the newly re-elected president, Boris Tadic who supports closer ties with the European Union.

Yesterday the bloc agreed to send a police and civil administration to Kosovo, which is expected to officially declare independence any day now.

The province is expected to win backing from Brussels and the US despite firm opposition from Serbia and its ally Russia.