In negotiations, Kosovo loses, Serbia wins
Financial Times
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Kosovo and Serbia started the talks on Tuesday with focus on trade barriers. The two-day meeting in Brussels brings the two sides in formal, direct talks for the first time since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia three years ago, writes the Financial Times.

The European Union, which both sides aspire to join, has pushed them to tackle “technical issues”.

Belgrade still claims the Albanian-dominated territory as a province.

Talks in 2006-07 led by Martti Ahtisaari, special United Nations envoy, broke down prompting the US and most EU member states to back Kosovo Albanian statehood aspirations.

This time, Kosovo sees more to lose and Serbia more to gain in political terms. Yet both sides are anxious to reassure foreign investors and cooperate with the west.

Edita Tahiri, Kosovo’s deputy prime minister and chief negotiator, said her aim was “to strengthen our independence and our relations with the US and EU”./
Published on: March 9, 2011 - 4:12 pm
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