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Vucic, Kurti Meeting in Brussels

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News / Politics | 18.08.22 | access_time 12:00

Albin Kurti, Aleksandar Vucic (BetaPhoto/European Council)

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti will be meeting in Brussels on Aug. 18 for a new round of talks regarding normalizing relations between Serbia proper and Kosovo. The meeting, which will be mediated by the EU, is the first to take place in over a year.

The sit-down will be hosted by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, with the support of EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajcak.

In the days leading up to the meeting, the European Commission announced that all open issues “must and will be discussed” during the negotiations, underlining that it is “essential that both sides put a stop to hostilities, including inflammatory messages and tensions, and act responsibly.”

Kosovo PM Kurti has stated that the negotiations must focus on mutual recognition and that he does not want to discuss the license plates and ID cards of Kosovo Serbs – referencing his reciprocity measures, which have caused a serious escalation of tensions in the territory.

Serbian President Vucic has highlighted the agreement on forming a Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo, saying that the dialogue must yield a concrete decision regarding its implementation.

On the eve of the scheduled sit-down, Vucic and Kurti met separately with Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, as well as with U.S. Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar and EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak.

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