14.12.07: EU agrees on Kosovo mission - 0 views
The European Union has given the political green-light to a 1,800-strong police and civilian mission to be deployed in Serbia's breakaway region of Kosovo, although differences remain over the possible recognition of Kosovo's independence.
However, it remains unclear when precisely the EU's mission, consisting of 1,800 policemen, prosecutors and judges, can be deployed on the ground.
While Luxembourg's Jean Asselborn said the mission would be deployed "just after Christmas ", Bulgarian foreign minister Ivailo Kalfin indicated a less ambitious time-frame - "before the end of the summer ".
According to Slovakia's foreign minister Jan Kubis, the specifics of the mission should be concluded in January next year, after a round of consultations with the UN body.
Divisions on Serbia
The summit also highlighted the persistent divisions among member states concerning whether to link the further integration of Serbia with the arrest of remaining war crimes suspects, notably general Ratko Mladic.