EU gives Serbia green light to start membership talks

June 28, 2013 12:11 PM

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EU gives Serbia green light to start membership talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders gave Serbia the go-ahead on Friday to start negotiations by January on joining the bloc, capping a remarkable transformation in the prospects of the former Yugoslavia since the wars of the 1990s.

The decision rewards Belgrade for an April deal to improve relations with its ex-province Kosovo, which broke away from Serbia in a 1998-99 guerrilla war.

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