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EU Urged to Back Serbia and Kosovo as They Mull Border Change

  • Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to resume negotiations next month
  • Possible land deal would require broad international approval

Photographer: Armend Nimani/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union should accept an agreement between Serbs and ethnic Albanians to settle their long-standing dispute over Kosovo, a top official of the bloc said, seeking to dispel fears that any redrawing of the Balkan border might reignite feuds in the volatile region.

“It’s about a bilateral solution which should not serve as a blueprint for other issues,” Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Sunday at a press conference in Austria with the president of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci. Both Balkan states need to normalize relations to qualify for EU membership and “once there is an agreement, it should be respected” by all members of the world’s biggest trading bloc, he said.