The EU's special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, has said that he had separate talks with the heads of the Serbian and Kosovo negotiating teams, Petar Petkovic and Besnik Bislimi respectively, on Aug. 26.
"Today, I had substantive separate discussions with First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, and with the Director of the Serbian office for Kosovo, Petar Petkovic, about the preparations for the next Dialogue meeting on Chief negotiators-level in early September," Lajcak tweeted late on Aug. 26.
Petkovic and Bislimi previously announced that the next meeting would take place in August, while the delay is a consequence of certain delegation members' inability to come to Brussels for private reasons, Radio Free Europe reports.
According to EU officials, the goal of the next meeting of Petkovic and Bislimi is also to prepare for the next round of dialogue at the highest political level, between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Premier Albin Kurti. That meeting is supposed to be held sometime in September.
Vucic and Kurti have so far met twice in Brussels, but both rounds of the dialogue failed.