Serbia, Kosovo fail to agree on judiciary dispute

Agreement on the functioning of the judiciary in northern Kosovo is a precondition for Serbia to start EU accession talks.

Serbia, Kosovo fail to agree on judiciary dispute

World Bulletin / News Desk

The prime ministers of Kosovo and Serbia have failed to reach an agreement over how the judiciary will function in Kosovo's Serb-dominated north, a key issue the European Union wants to see resolved before launching membership talks with Belgrade.

Ivica Dacic, the Serbian PM, and his Kosovar counterpart Hashim Thaci, met in Brussels on Friday in talks brokered by EU's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton.

The agreement on the setup of the judiciary in northern Kosovo is seen as a precondition for Serbia to start EU negotiations before the end of the year.

The dispute revolves around on the degree of Pristina's powers over the appointment of judges in the north and the scope of its judicial oversight.

EU member states are set to decide next week in the first intergovernmental conference with Serbia whether to open accession talks with Belgrade in December or postpone it till January next year.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Aralık 2013, 10:12
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