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Croatia has given its consent in writing for Serbia to open Chapter 23 in its accession negotiations with the European Union, Serbian Radio-Television (RTS) said on Thursday, citing unofficial sources.

At the same time, electronic media in Belgrade said "the status of Serbia's negotiating process with the EU is unknown" because, as reported by B92, on the one hand there are reports that Croatia will end the blockade of the negotiations, while on the other this is "propaganda" and that Croatia is refuting it.

The Serbian Foreign Ministry has not yet commented on the reports.

Croatia is the only EU member state which has not greenlighted the opening of Chapter 23 on the judiciary and fundamental rights in June, RTS said.

EU president the Netherlands tried to achieve a consensus among the member states by taking the issue of the Croatian blockade to a higher level, but a Croatian representative said Croatia did not agree to the opening of the chapter because of three contentious issues - Serbia's regional jurisdiction for war crimes, Serbia's cooperation with the Hague war crimes tribunal, and Croatian minority representation in the Serbian parliament.

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