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This story about Serbia and Kosovo was published by EurActiv on 10th September 2010.

EU hopeful Serbia yesterday (9 September) supported in the UN a compromise resolution on Kosovo fine-tuned by European Union diplomats, dropping its earlier demands to reopen talks on the status of its former province. BETA, EurActiv’s partner in Serbia, contributed to this article.

After having “harmonised” its draft with the EU, Serbia agreed to an Union-backed dialogue with Kosovo, which the non-binding General Assembly resolution said would aim to promote cooperation. The resolution was passed by acclamation in the 192-nation assembly.

The UN General Assembly welcomes the EU’s readiness to help the process of “dialogue between the sides” and acknowledges that such dialogue would in itself represent a factor of peace, security and stability in the region.

The dialogue would seek to improve cooperation, secure progress on the road to the European Union and improve people’s lives, said the resolution, which “acknowledges” July’s assessment by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was not in violation of international law (see ‘Background’).

The amended text also drops condemnation of Kosovo’s independence declaration.

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