Serbia loosens grip over Kosovo

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Serbia on Sunday adopted a set of guidelines for reconciliation talks with the leaders of Kosovo, in a strong first signal it is loosening its claim to its former province in hopes of getting closer to European Union membership.

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SrbijaOsmiArapsk iEmirat

Hamilton, Canada

#1 Jan 13, 2013
Serbia on Sunday adopted a set of guidelines for reconciliation talks with the leaders of Kosovo, in a strong first signal it is loosening its claim to its former province in hopes of getting closer to European Union membership.

In a resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority in Parliament, Serbia maintained it will never recognize Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence. But in a big shift in policy, the document called for wide autonomy for minority Serbs within Kosovo's borders, indirectly recognizing Kosovo's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

While outlining a government plan for the talks with Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders, Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said "Serbia's sovereignty over Kosovo practically does not exist" since NATO's 1999 bombing campaign chased Serbian troops out of the region.

Kosovo, which is recognized by some 98 countries including the United States and most EU states, is considered by Serbian nationalist the medieval cradle of the Serbian state and the Orthodox religion something like Jerusalem for the Jews and they have pledged never to give it up.

But, Dacic warned against "myths and fairytales" over Kosovo and said "we have to create a strong basis to save something."
"If Serbia keeps its head in the sand, it will have nothing to negotiate about," Dacic, who was former President Slobodan Milosevic's spokesman during the Kosovo war, said. "People need results and responsibility, not a policy of honorable failures and lost battles."

The more pragmatic approach to the ongoing talks indicates Serbian desire to get closer to EU membership. The EU said a progress in the talks is crucial for Belgrade to get a starting date for accession negotiations.

Hard-line nationalist lawmakers denounced the resolution, saying it represents "treason" and "a selloff" to the EU.
Serbia's nationalist President Tomislav Nikolic, who initiated the text of the original, more expansive resolution, praised the adoption of the document.

"This was a typical Serbian day in the parliament," Nikolic said, referring to the deep divisions in Serbia over Kosovo and other issues. "We did not reach a complete consensus, but it is clear that there is will to help find a solution to this problem."
Serbonazis

North Tonawanda, NY

#2 Jan 13, 2013
servian myths and fairytales about Kosovo.
100yr old

Mclean, VA

#3 Jan 13, 2013
Serbonazis wrote:
servian myths and fairytales about Kosovo.
hehe tell your mom she haves a dumbazs son..ok she knows that one..aww fck it... bet she knows the best what a lil btch you really are. Eagle pride :)))))))))
Serbonazis

North Tonawanda, NY

#4 Jan 13, 2013
100yr old wrote:
<quoted text>
hehe tell your mom she haves a dumbazs son..ok she knows that one..aww fck it... bet she knows the best what a lil btch you really are. Eagle pride :)))))))))
all this is applicable to you servians since 1389 onward

“ Cetnik Sumadijas Clarified”

Since: Feb 09

Cute Cetnik Servs

#5 Jan 14, 2013
nothing short of recognition is acceptable...the move by Serbian government is a setback in relations not only between EU and Serbia but Kosovo as well....what was decided in the parliament is not applicable at all and i cannot see how this will bring serbia closer to EU...not sure if its meant to calm down nationalistic noises or a a last desperate measure for an impossible mission.
Serbonazis

North Tonawanda, NY

#6 Jan 14, 2013
blimey wrote:
nothing short of recognition is acceptable...the move by Serbian government is a setback in relations not only between EU and Serbia but Kosovo as well....what was decided in the parliament is not applicable at all and i cannot see how this will bring serbia closer to EU...not sure if its meant to calm down nationalistic noises or a a last desperate measure for an impossible mission.
Servia must recognzie Kosovo like Austria eventually recognized that Vojvodina was lost the the Empire in 1918. Kosovo is lost for Servia in 1999 with NATO intervention. Get your servian brains working!!!!

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