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Ashton recalls Serbia, Kosovo leaders to Brussels for last-ditch talks

By Toby Vogel  -  18.04.2013 / 17:27 CET
Friday is last chance to strike agreement ahead of EU decision on closer ties with the two Balkan countries.
The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are to resume last-ditch talks about normalising relations in Brussels tomorrow (19 April).  

Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, invited Serbia's Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo to return to Brussels just hours after the two prime ministers broke off talks without results.  

Ashton said early this morning (18 April) that the two leaders had “some hours left” to come to an agreement. A deal is a precondition for Serbia to start membership talks with the EU and for Kosovo to advance to the first stage of the pre-accession process. The member states' EU ministers will decide on Monday (22 April) whether the two countries have met the conditions.  

In comments to the media Dačić and Thaçi blamed each other for last night's breakdown of talks. At stake is the status of ethnic Serbs in north Kosovo, which is still controlled from Belgrade.
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