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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Serbia, Kosovo and the dialling code +383

Serbia and Kosovo have taken a further step towards normalising their relations. In Brussels on Tuesday, the heads of government of the two countries signed four agreements to this end. Step-by-step diplomacy is bearing fruits, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes in delight: "Until yesterday the fortunate subjects of the Principality of Monaco had one thing in common with the less fortunate ethnic Albanians in Kosovo: the dialling code +377. A surreal legacy of the times when Kosovo was under [UN] administration after the war of independence with Serbia. (The separatism had severed the communications system, which is why the UN Special Representative in Kosovo at the time, Bernard Kouchner, entrusted French company Alkatel with the country's telephone communications.) Now Kosovo has it's own dialling code: +383. … On the path to normalisation this has a high symbolic value with advantages for both sides. Kosovo must consolidate the structures of its young state. And Serbia knows that recognising the small republic will open the door to the EU a little more."

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