Serbs reinstate diplomats recalled in Kosovo row

July 25, 2008, Friday/ 18:31:00
Serbia's new government decided on Thursday to reinstate its ambassadors to European Union member states, its second goodwill gesture to the bloc this week after the arrest of a top war crimes fugitive.
The diplomats were pulled from over 40 states -- the United States, most EU countries, some Asian and Middle Eastern nations -- that recognized a February declaration of independence by Serbia's former province Kosovo, a move Belgrade calls illegal. Officials said Belgrade was being pragmatic and would not allow EU states' recognition to hinder closer ties. Brussels said this week that arresting genocide suspect Radovan Karadzic was a sign Serbia was serious about its EU bid.

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