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‘Time Is Ripe’ for Final Deal With Serbia, Kosovo Premier Says

  • Kurti says coming months to be decisive on potential agreement
  • Failure to mend ties has thwarted Balkan efforts to join EU

Kosovo and Serbia have no alternative but to reach a final agreement on normalizing ties, Prime Minister Albin Kurti said, adding that the “time is ripe” to do so during his term in office.

The dispute -- born of the 1998-1999 war and Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia almost a decade later -- continues to thwart efforts to integrate the two Balkan nations into the European Union while fueling tensions that risk boiling over into renewed conflict.