Serbia has backed a UN resolution on Kosovo, in what is being seen as a concession to join the EU.
All 192 assembly members backed the text. Although unbinding, it is hoped the resolution will pave the way for direct talks – the first between Belgrade and Pristina since Kosovo’s self declared independence in 2008.
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said: ‘‘The resolution welcomes the readiness of the European Union to facilitate the process of dialogue between the parties, which in itself would help to secure regional gains, reinforce shared strategic priorities and improve the lives of the people on the ground.’‘
Despite losing control of Kosovo, Belgrade has always vowed never to recognise Pristina’s independence. Significantly, however, text rejecting Kosovo’s breakaway was removed from the resolution.
It is believed Serbia’s stance altered after it was warned its EU ambitions were at risk.