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Serbia and Kosovo Make Progress in Mending Ties, EU Envoy Says

  • Balkan neighbors agree on EU plan’s implementation: Borrell
  • US, EU seek to defuse Balkan tensions as war rages in Ukraine
Josep Borrell
Josep BorrellPhotographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Serbia and Kosovo agreed on steps to implement a European Union plan aimed at defusing disputes that have threatened stability in the Balkans, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said as he mediated the latest round of talks between the wartime foes.

Kosovo will immediately begin by allowing “self-management” for local minority Serbs, Borrell said late Saturday at a press conference in Ohrid, North Macedonia, after a 12-hour-long negotiation. The issue of giving Serbs living in Kosovo a degree of autonomy was a major hurdle for the government in Pristina during past talks.