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UN chief hails Serbia-Kosovo accord

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday welcomed an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, and offered the world body's aid to help implement it.

"The secretary-general welcomes the landmark agreement between Belgrade and Pristina initialed today in Brussels under the auspices of the EU (European Union) high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Catherine Ashton," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesman.

Serbia and Kosovo on Friday reached the historic agreement to normalize their relations following the EU-facilitated talks in Brussels, Belgium.

Kosovo, a Serbian province, unilaterally declared independence in 2008. However, Serbia refuses to recognize it as an independent country. The EU set it as a precondition for Serbia's EU aspirations that the country must normalize relations with neighbors, especially Kosovo.

"The secretary-general congratulates and commends the leaders from both sides for their steadfast determination and hopes that the agreement will bring about a brighter future and lasting stability to the region," said the statement.

"The secretary-general strongly encourages the parties to conclude this historic process and take concrete measures for a faithful implementation of the agreement," the statement said. " The United Nations stands ready to assist the parties in this endeavor."

[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, 19Apr13]

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The Question of Kosovo
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