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Kosovo, Serbia Leaders Pledge to Honour Justice Deal

The Serbian and Kosovo Presidents have promised to implement an EU-mediated justice agreement by October after meeting EU foreign policy chief Mogherini in Brussels.

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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Photo: Twitter/Federica Mogherini.

After meeting the Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaçi and Aleksandar Vucic, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said both sides had promised to implement an EU-mediated deal on justice.

“Both sides today agreed the final steps for the implementation of the justice agreement reached within the EU-facilitated Dialogue. The Presidents confirmed that the agreement will be fully implemented on 17 October 2017,” Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said on Thursday

According to the statement, all judges, prosecutors and judicial staff in Kosovo, including those in the Serb-run northern sliver of Kosovo, will be integrated into the Kosovo judicial system.

The integration of judicial personnel will allow justice to be delivered across Kosovo and, in particular, in northern Kosovo, where Serbia has maintained its influence.

The EU said that the presidents also “agreed to start working on a new phase of the Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina for normalisation of relations and reconciliation.” However, it is not clear what the new phase will include.

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