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Kosovo assembly adopts controversial amnesty law


08:25, July 12, 2013

PRISTINA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- An overwhelming majority of Kosovo MPs voted on Thursday in favor of an amnesty law envisaged by the EU-brokered agreement reached between Pristina and Belgrade on normalization of relations.

The law is to provide amnesty for some offenses committed in connection with a call to resistance by Serbs in the north of Kosovo in past 14 years.

The draft-law rejected last week by the assembly was brought back by the government this week. In two consecutive votings within a day, it was supported by 91 MPs in the 120-seat assembly in the first reading in the morning and by 90 in the second reading in the afternoon.

The international community in Kosovo urged the assembly to adopt the law, while Serbia threatened to reconsider the agreement on normalizing relations if the law is not approved.

Kosovo, a Serbian province, unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Serbia refuses to recognize Kosovo as an independent country. However, the EU set it as a precondition for Serbia's EU aspirations that the country must normalize relations with neighbors, especially Kosovo.

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