Serbia has to mend ties with Kosovo - EU Commission

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The European Commission president told Serbia on Thursday it needed to mend ties with Kosovo before it can advance towards EU membership but did not explicitly ask Belgrade to recognise the independence of its former province.

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The European Commission president told Serbia on Thursday it needed to mend ties with Kosovo before it can advance towards EU membership but did not explicitly ask Belgrade to recognise the independence of its former province.

Speaking after a meeting with newly-elected Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in Brussels, the EU's Jose Manuel Barroso said "normalisation" of relations with breakaway Kosovo was vital for Serbia. Belgrade staunchly opposed Pristina's secession in 2008.

"It remains an absolutely central condition for moving to the next stage of EU progress," Barroso told reporters.

On his first trip to Brussels since being elected on May 20, Nikolic faced a test of whether he can reconcile his nationalist positions with a passage towards eventual EU accession.

Ahead of the trip, he said he wanted to know beyond a shadow of a doubt whether recognising the independence of Kosovo is a quid pro quo for European Union membership.

But Barroso sidestepped the issue, which in itself is divisive in the EU. Five out of the bloc's 27 states also refuse to recognise Kosovo as independent.

Nikolic says he has given up the dream of a "Greater Serbia" that fuelled the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and now shares the goal of EU accession.

However, Western diplomats fear he could take a harder line than his pro-European predecessor Boris Tadic on the thorny issue of Kosovo - a majority-Albanian territory which many Serbs regard as the cradle of their nation.

Serbia was granted EU candidate status in March after Tadic struck deals on recognition of Kosovo travel documents, car licence plates and Kosovo's representation in regional conferences, several of the many issues that need resolving between the two.

The status means negotiations towards membership can start when the EU decides, although Barroso declined to give a starting date.

Nikolic said he had been told Serbia would not have to go as far as formal recognition of Kosovo.

"I was assured that the European Union will not demand from us to recognise Kosovo officially, but demand from us to have a better relationship," he said. "It is of central importance for us to try ... to be accepted by the European Union and start the negotiations this autumn."
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No need to recognise a province but some autonomy could be possible
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Kurac palac pravoslavac wrote:
No need to recognise a province but some autonomy could be possible
Full recognition of Kosovo is needed. No more paying games you servoslaves.
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Jun 15, 2012
 
Slave4Serbs wrote:
<quoted text>Full recognition of Kosovo is no where near! More as5 kissing to Serb Gods!
lol you stupid fck!
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Jun 18, 2012
 
Serbonazis wrote:
<quoted text>Full recognition of Kosovo is needed. No more paying games you servoslaves.
read above, read the res 1244, not needed and never will be you dumb american.
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Jun 18, 2012
 
Kurac palac pravoslavac wrote:
<quoted text> read above, read the res 1244, not needed and never will be you dumb american.
After USA and most EU and many other countries recognition of Kosovo this 1244 is absolutely obselete.you dumb servians. accept the reality and facts.
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Kurac palac pravoslavac wrote:
No need to recognise a province but some autonomy could be possible
some autonomy?
u sound like u think serbia actually has a choice.
they had that then milosevic took it away.
then they fought for it ..and won independance

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Kurac palac pravoslavac wrote:
<quoted text> read above, read the res 1244, not needed and never will be you dumb american.
Kosovo's independence is perfectly in line with UNSCR 1244 you mongoloid.

However Serbia's 2006 constitution is not, that violates UNSCR 1244.

What is it like living in a country which recognises Kosovo?

Personally I think Australia is a rather ironic place for Serbs to live because as we all know Australia is full of convicts; and Serbs are all convicted War Criminals.

DOUBLE WHAMMY!

We should ship more of you convicts out to the colonies!

#BANTER!
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Ijanderson977 wrote:
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Kosovo's independence is perfectly in line with UNSCR 1244 you mongoloid.
However Serbia's 2006 constitution is not, that violates UNSCR 1244.
What is it like living in a country which recognises Kosovo?
Personally I think Australia is a rather ironic place for Serbs to live because as we all know Australia is full of convicts; and Serbs are all convicted War Criminals.
DOUBLE WHAMMY!
We should ship more of you convicts out to the colonies!
#BANTER!
And who are you to decide whom to ship out?

Old colonial BS.

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yummi wrote:
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And who are you to decide whom to ship out?
Old colonial BS.
Who am I to decide whom ship out? Someone who understands what a joke is, that is who.
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Who am I to decide whom ship out? Someone who understands what a joke is, that is who.
It's no joke but reality Kosova is a independent state, Serbia has to recognise Kosova as state and new country, to move forward in eu . It's just REALITY and u have to accept that no choice!!!!
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United Albanian wrote:
<quoted text>It's no joke but reality Kosova is a independent state, Serbia has to recognise Kosova as state and new country, to move forward in eu . It's just REALITY and u have to accept that no choice!!!!
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Dalmatia is already Croatia, you dumb servoslave.
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Serbonazis wrote:
<quoted text>Kosovo is already Serbia you dumb alvanianslave.
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Yeh and Slovenia is British-French-German puppet state.
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Why does majority of english people have yellow teeth? Would you explain it to me, is it in fashion or something?
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Estonian Uzbekistan is just a bunch of stupid Polandists. Uganda best Cambodia.

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Who the hell are you now?
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Who the hell are you now?
Shomi. Give him some bananas and he will go back to africa and hanging in the trees-:)
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Yeh and Slovenia is British-French-German puppet state.
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