09 SEP 2010
By Andrew Rettman
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Eleventh-hour talks between the EU and Serbia have seen Belgrade accept an EU-friendly draft resolution on the thorny question of Kosovo ahead of a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) vote on the text in New York on Thursday (9 September).
"This draft resolution will now be a resolution put forward by 28 European countries. All 27 EU member states and Serbia will be co-sponsoring this draft resolution," EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a communique out late on Wednesday.
"This result today is a reflection of our common commitment to Serbia's European perspective. After the UNGA vote ... the important thing will be that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina can start."
For his part, Serb President Boris Tadic said in a statement: "[We] found a formula that opens a dialogue on future solutions, which refers to the Charter of the United Nations and that does not include recognition of Kosovo independence in any way."
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