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Interview: Kosovo president hopes on a 2019 deal with Serbia

Interview: Kosovo president hopes on a 2019 deal with Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo says he thinks there is "good momentum' this year to reach an agreement to normalize ties with Serbia.

Feb. 17 is day Kosovo commemorates its 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia. The former Serb province is recognized as its own country by 116 countries, but not the one from which it unilaterally separated.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday , Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci said strong support from the United States and the European Union, and Russia's pledge to accept a Pristina-Belgrade agreement.

The European Union has told Serbia and Kosovo they need to settle their differences before joining the EU.