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Kosovo: key dates since independence

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The latest round of EU-sponsored talks aimed at normalising relations between Serbia and breakaway Kosovo began Tuesday, with both parties under pressure to reach an accord.

Below are key dates since the former Serbian province recently declared independence, fourteen years after the conflict between ethnic-Albanian guerrillas and Belgrade's forces.

- February 17, 2008: Kosovo's ethnic Albanian-dominated parliament declares independence, which is rejected by Serbia and Russia and so far accepted by 96 countries including the United States and most members of the European Union.

- December 9, 2009 The EU's police and justice mission, Eulex, aimed at strengthening rule of law in Kosovo, gets underway.

- May 9, 2009: Kosovo joins the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and, the month after, the World Bank.

- July 22, 2010: the top UN court gives its backing to Kosovo's independence declaration, saying it conformed to international law.

- September 9, 2010: The UN General Assembly passes a landmark resolution calling for dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.

- December 12, 2010: Parliamentary elections are held in Kosovo. European observers say there were "serious allegations of fraud".

- March 8, 2011: Serbia, which wants to join the EU, and Kosovo, launch their first EU sponsored high-level direct talks since independence.

- April 7, 2011: Former police captain Atifete Jahjaga is elected president by the Kosovar parliament.

- September 10, 2012: Western powers end their supervision over Kosovo, with the territory assuming full sovereignty, which is rejected by ethnic Serbs in the north.

- October 19, 2012: First meeting between Serbian and Kosovo prime ministers Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci in Brussels as a part of ongoing EU-sponsored dialogue.

- November 29, 2012: Former prime minister and rebel chief Ramush Haradinaj is acquitted by the Hague-based UN war crimes tribunal of charges of war crimes during the 1990s conflict.

- February 6, 2013: The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Tomislav Nikolic and Jahjaga, meet for the first time in talks mediated by the EU.

- March 28, 2013: Eulex court condemns two Kosovo Serbs to 18 and 22 months in prison over their role in 2008 violence that left a policeman dead.

- April 2, 2013: The latest round of EU-sponsored talks between Serbian and Kosovar prime ministers aimed at normalising relations between Serbia and Kosovo begins.

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