From: Reuters
Published December 10, 2007 03:58 AM

EU has "virtual unity" on Kosovo: Sweden's Bildt

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - All but one of the European Union's 27 member states are ready to accept independence for the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo without a U.N. resolution, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Monday.

"There is virtual unity on Kosovo," Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told reporters ahead of talks in Brussels after a December 10 date deadline set by Western powers for international mediation efforts expired.

He did not name the member state which still wanted a U.N. Security Council resolution before accepting a declaration by ethnic Kosovo Albanian leaders expected within weeks. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said Cyprus was alone in having "an enormous problem" in backing Kosovo independence.

(Reporting by Mark John)

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