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Belgrade Wants UN To Join Talks With Kosovo

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (left) with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (left) with visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The new Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic says that Belgrade would seek to include the United Nations in talks with Kosovo.

Speaking on July 23, Nikolic also asked the visiting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to respect Serbia's sovereignty over Kosovo. 

The negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo began in 2011, under European Union pressure for the two sides to resolve problems stemming from Kosovo's secession from Serbia.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008, nine years after NATO ousted Belgrade's armed forces from the territory. 

A UN resolution adopted in June 1999 after Serb troops withdrew from Kosovo provides for substantial autonomy for Pristina.

However, it also recognizes Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, leaving the question of Kosovo's final status to a later date. 

Kosovo has been recognized by leading Western powers. 

Based on reporting by dpa, AFP, B92, and RFE/RL's Balkan Service
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by: Frank
July 24, 2012 05:17
"Final status to a later date" meaning as a part of Serbia.

This point is logically premised upon a complete acknowledgement of all the particulars raised in UNSCR 1244.


by: Darren from: Canada
August 01, 2012 04:51
Begjet Pakolli, a leading Kosovo politician, has proposed that Serbia should join Kosovo, instead of the other way around. He argues that Albanians are the older inhabitants, while Serbs are immigrants. He even suggested a name: Federal Republic of Kosoverbia. Frankly, I think it may work! It's not a bad idea, in my opinion.
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by: rick
August 01, 2012 09:07
"""Federal Republic of Koso-DI-Verbia """

by: Darren from: Canada
August 02, 2012 00:57
"Koso-DI-Verbia" ? What i this, some sort of a joke? This is an important issue. Anyway, this fellow....Baglet? (something like that, I am not good with names), he also said the army and police of Kosoverbia should be composed only of Albanians, because they have a better reputation for this kind of work. Also, it would appease the Albanians: they may worry about the fact that Kosoverbia would have a Serb majority for about 10 years (or perhaps, even 11 years).