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Forging unity on Kosovo independence bid top priority at one-day EU leaders summit - International Herald Tribune

European Union leaders, keen to avoid the mistakes of the past, will try at a summit Friday to forge unity on how to handle Kosovo's bid for independence from Serbia without inciting new violence in the Balkans.

Memories of deep divisions over the Balkan wars in the 1990s -- which led to the union's inability to prevent the fighting -- still haunts EU capitals.

But the union remains divided over whether to recognize Kosovo's independence, putting at risk an administrative takeover of Kosovo from the United Nations, a mission that needs the backing of all 27 EU states.

On the eve of the summit, Swedish Premier Fredrik Reinfeldt said it would be best to wait until after the presidential elections in Serbia before recognizing Kosovo's independence. The Serbian election is scheduled for Jan. 20, with a possible runoff on Feb. 3.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:39:17 AM EST
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