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Blerim Shala, an MP and the vice-president of an opposition party, has been appointed Kosovo's Political Coordinator in the EU-led talks with Serbia.
Kosovo's President, Atifete Jahjaga, on Thursday named Blerim Shala as the country's political coordinator in the EU-led dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Shala’s appointment was publicised on Thursday by the President’s office.
EU-mediated talks in Belgium started in March 2011, three years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
Serbia has vowed never to recognise Kosovo as a state, but says it is open to deals that improve daily lives on both sides of the [from Serbia's point of view unrecognised] border.
Two high-level political meetings took place recently between the two prime ministers, Ivica Dacic of Serbia and Hashim Thaci of Kosovo.
Shala is vice-president of the opposition Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, and is currently a lawmaker in parliament.
Shala was also in charge of coordination in Kosovo’s former Unity Team from 2006 to 2008.
This had a mandate to negotiate with Serbia on Kosovo's final status under UN’s auspices. It led later to the so-called Ahtisaari plan for Kosovo's independence, which Belgrade refused to endorse.
No details were given on Shala's authority, or on whether Kosovo's current envoy in talks with Serbia, Edita Tahiri will retain her position.
The Kosovo government, in a press release, welcomed Shala's appointment.
Prime Ministers Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic are to sit at the same table on Tuesday at the UN Security Council to debate Kosovo's progress - but no handshake is expected.
Pristina calls upon Brussels to pressure Belgrade to implement agreements reached during negotiations, or it will not participate in forthcoming discussions pertaining to Kosovo’s declared independence.
Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister says that Kosovo expects to sign a peace treaty with Serbia during the forthcoming talks in Brussels, which would mean de facto recognition of Kosovo’s statehood.
Police action in Serb-run north last July pushed the partition issue off the negotiating table, Kosovo Interior Minister says.
Ban Ki-moon said Belgrade and Pristina need to reach a solution through compromise and embrace their common European future.
As EU-led Belgrade-Pristina talks await the formation of a new Serbian government before they can restart, Brussels mulls whether the dialogue should resume at the technical or political level.
As EU-led Belgrade-Pristina talks await the formation of a new Serbian government before they can restart, Serbia has announced it intends to move the dialogue onto a higher level.
Deputy Prime Minister says the government respects the motion on conditioning talks with Belgrade - but adds that the process of talks has been beneficial to the country.
Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, has urged Belgrade and Pristina to implement agreements they’ve reached.
A freedom of movement deal reached between Belgrade and Pristina entered into force on Monday, a major step towards easing travel restrictions in the region.
Experts teams from the two countries will meet in Brussels to talk about implementation of the border management deal that they reached on December 2.
While Kosovo says the border agreement reached in Brussels means that Belgrade has effectively recognised Kosovo's independence, Serbia says it means no such thing.
As Serbian ruling coalition stands behind 'breakthrough' on Kosovo border, the opposition and Kosovo Serbs question it.
After three days of talks in Brussels, Belgrade and Pristina reached a deal on border management.
No breakthrough on borders or Kosovo's international representation emerged from the latest EU-mediated talks but Serbia is pushing for negotiations to continue.
Belgrade and Pristina finally agreed on the future of Serb-run North Kosovo in the tenth round of EU-led talks on Friday.