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Serbia and Kosovo sign telecom deal in EU-brokered talks

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Serbia and Kosovo sign telecom deal in EU-brokered talks
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The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo have signed energy and telecoms agreements after EU-brokered talks in Brussels.

The deal is a step closer to EU membership for Serbia and will give greater rights to Serbs living in northern Kosovo. They will be be able to manage their local economy and education, as well as having access to funding from Serbia.

Kosovo will now get its own telephone country code in what has been described as Serbia’s recognition of its former southern province’s sovereignty.

Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008, a decade after NATO airstrikes drove out Serbian forces from Kosovo. That halted massacres and expulsion of ethnic Albanian civilians during a two-year brutal counterinsurgency campaign.