Serbia approves deal to normalize ties with Kosovo

By Afua Hirsch, The Guardian
Monday, April 22, 2013 7:57 EDT
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A pedestrian walks past a graffiti reading "Kosovska Mitrovica" in the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, on April 19, 2013
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Serbia’s government on Monday approved the EU-brokered deal with breakaway Kosovo, a historic agreement aimed at turning the page on the Balkans’ last simmering trouble-spot 14 years after the end of hostilities.

The government has accepted the “first accord on principles which regulate normalisation of relations, reached during the dialogue on Kosovo in Brussels” on Friday, said a statement issued after a cabinet meeting.

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