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Merkel Urges Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue

Serbian President Boris Tadic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a joint news conference after their meeting in Belgrade.Serbian President Boris Tadic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a joint news conference after their meeting in Belgrade.
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Serbian President Boris Tadic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a joint news conference after their meeting in Belgrade.
Serbian President Boris Tadic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive at a joint news conference after their meeting in Belgrade.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Serbia must begin normalizing relations with Kosovo if it wants to move closer to European Union membership.

Merkel, speaking after talks with President Boris Tadic in Belgrade on August 23, said Serbia must resume a dialogue with Kosovo and also influence minority Kosovo Serbs to dismantle structures of parallel authority in northern Kosovo.

Tadic said at a joint news conference that Serbia had reformed far enough to be formally recognized as a membership candidate by the EU and receive the date for the start of accession talks.

He said Belgrade is ready for a compromise with the Kosovo Albanian leadership, but without jeopardizing Serbia's "integrity and principles."

Serbia says it will never recognize the independence of predominantly ethnic Albanian Kosovo proclaimed in 2008.

An EU-launched dialogue stalled in July over Serbia's trade embargo on Kosovo goods.

compiled from agency reports
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by: Darren from: Canada
August 24, 2011 22:20
Serbia has also got ethnic minorities, such as Albanians, Romanians and Hungarians. Should Romania, Albania and Hungary not recognize Serbia? Where is the logic of Serbia not recognizing Kosovo?
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by: Gordan from: Serbia
September 04, 2011 14:27
It would be the same as someone start to talk about people live in Quebec as nation , not Canadian but something else ... and now imagine that they want independence. Would you say this is ok?

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