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McCain urges Kosovo resume dialogue with Serbia

Associated Press logo Associated Press 13/04/2017
Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, right, flanked by US Senator John McCain, during his visit to Pristina, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. McCain has called on Kosovo to resume dialogue with Serbia, saying that is the only way to a prosperous and safe future. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu) © The Associated Press Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, right, flanked by US Senator John McCain, during his visit to Pristina, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. McCain has called on Kosovo to resume dialogue with Serbia, saying that is the only way to a prosperous and safe future. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PRISTINA, Kosovo — U.S. Senator John McCain has called on Kosovo to resume dialogue with Serbia, saying that is the only way to a prosperous and safe future.

The Republican senator was in Pristina on Thursday as part of a regional tour, said that despite rising tensions, he was assured that "U.S. commitment for a complete, free and peaceful Europe have not changed."

Last month the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue facilitated by the European Union stopped following recent tense incidents.

McCain urged Kosovo to continue integration efforts into Europe and approve the border demarcation deal with Montenegro so that Kosovars enjoy visa-free travel in the continent.

In 1999 U.S. led the NATO bombing that ended with the withdrawal of Serbian troops from Kosovo.

Kosovo's 2008 independence is recognized by 114 countries but not by Serbia.

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