Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Serb government agrees Kosovo deal

An agreement could end years of tensions between Serbia and Kosovo

The Serbian government has approved a potentially landmark agreement with Kosovo which could end years of tensions and put the Balkan rivals on a path to European Union membership.

Government spokesman Milivoje Mihajlovic said that the government had approved the deal unanimously and ordered ministries to implement it.

The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo reached a tentative EU-mediated deal on Friday which would give Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership authority over rebel Kosovo Serbs.

In return, the minority Serbs would get wide autonomy within Kosovo.

The agreement has triggered outrage among Serb nationalists.

Kosovo, considered the medieval cradle of the Serbian state, declared independence in 2008.

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