Saturday, April 20, 2013

Talks ended, agreement reached

4/19/2013 5:17:00 PM

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who facilitated the 10 rounds of the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, said in Brussels on Friday the talks were completed and that both sides had initialled the agreement, making it possible to leave their past behind.

  She congratulated Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart Hasim Taci on their courage, adding that the decision to initial the agreement was an important step closer to Europe. Ashton congratulated both sides on their determination during the months of the negotions and on the courage they had displayed. She stressed it was important for both sides to leave the past behind now and move closer to Europe. 

The talks are finished and both prime ministers have initialled the agreement, she noted. Ashton and both delegations have gone to a meeting with NATO, where Belgrade will try to make sure Kosovo's armed forces stay out of northern Kosovo and get guarantees for the safety of the Serbs there.

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