EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy welcomed his Kosovan counterpart to Brussels on Tuesday following last week’s deal between Pristina and Belgrade to end a mutual trade war. The agreement, brokered by the EU, sees Serbia and Kosovo lift mutual embargoes.
A breakdown in talks over the issue in July led to clashes on the border when Kosovo tried to seize checkpoints to enforce a tit-for-tat import ban.
Until the latest compromise, the violence had threatened to de-rail Serbia’s EU aspirations.
In all some 130,000 Serbs live in Kosovo, with about a third believed to be in the North. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
Despite that Belgrade still refuses to accept Pristina’s secession.
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