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Kosovo says reaches deal with Serbia on ties

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:27 GMT
Author: Reuters
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PRISTINA, April 19 (Reuters) - Serbia and its former province of Kosovo have reached an EU-brokered accord aimed at settling relations between the Balkan foes, a Kosovo government minister said on Friday, in a breakthrough that could see the EU open membership talks with Belgrade.

"And the white smoke is out! Habemus pactum! Happy:)))" tweeted Kosovo's EU integration minister, Vlora Citaku. Asked by text message whether a deal had been struck, Citaku replied: "Yes". A second government official also confirmed the agreement.

(Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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