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Kosovo rejects EU suggestion mine should be part of Serbia talks

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The Kosovo government once again reiterates that it will not accept any attempt that aims at its division. According to the Associated Press, Kosovo’s government has rejected suggestions from a European Union official that a major mining complex should be part of the negotiations with Serbia to normalize ties.

According to a Kosovo government statement that was issued on Tuesday, an EU spokeswoman’s remarks to Serb state news agency Tanjug that the Trepca complex should be included in the talks are “unprecedented, unacceptable and thus violating the sovereignty of the state of Kosovo.”

The Trepca complex is a large industrial complex in Kosovo, located 9 km (5.6 mi) northeast of Mitrovica. With Europe’s largest lead-zinc and silver ore mine, Trepca is 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital Pristina, where most of the ethnic Serb minority lives.

The government said it was a “false issue that clearly aims at Kosovo division.”

Brussels initiated a dialogue in 2011 to normalize Kosovo-Serbia ties. Serbia doesn’t accept Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence by its former province.

The 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence was adopted on 17 February 2008 by the Assembly of Kosovo. In a meeting attended by 109 of the total 120 members, the assembly unanimously declared Kosovo to be independent from Serbia, while all 11 representatives of the Serb minority boycotted the proceedings. In modern times Kosovo has long sought autonomy to a maximum degree. Whilst Kosovo was partly autonomous for a long time, its largest level of autonomy was granted in Tito’s Yugoslavia, especially after the constitutional reform in 1974. Kosovo was granted major autonomy with its own administration, assembly, legislative, judicial and substantial constitutional autonomy, along with its own constitution, presidency, and government and gained a seat in the Federal Presidium of Yugoslavia, which included veto power on the federal level, equal to the state of Serbia.