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The fifth round of negotiations between Serbian premier Ivica Dačić, and Kosovar Hashim Thaci was held in Brussels on February 19 and 20 under the auspices of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton. Discussions focused on the situation in the northern Kosovo, where the Serbian population is in the majority.

According to European diplomatic sources, the two leaders are in the process of finalising the chapter on the abolition of parallel Serbian institutions and their integration into the Kosovar system. The daily reports that in exchange for concessions, Belgrade is demanding the creation of a community of nine Serbian municipalities in Kosovo.