news 11 Oct 12

Brussels Works on New Round of Kosovo Talks

Brussels is holding consultations with both Belgrade and Pristina in an attempt to restart the stalled Kosovo talks.

Bojana Barlovac
BIRN
Belgrade

EU officials are busy meeting Kosovo and Serbian officials to discuss the form, venue and principal topics of the stalled dialogue.

"Brussels is mediating between Belgrade and Pristina and the final platform will be known once all sides agree on it," an EU diplomat told Balkan Insight.

According to the same source, the EU has expedited efforts to restart the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue before the next EU summit opens in December.

Jelko Kacin, the European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia, has held separate talks behind closed doors with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci.

Previously, the two Balkan leaders met the EU Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, in New York.

The EU-mediated talks between Belgrade and Pristina started in March 2011, aimed at normalising relations between the two countries, both of which share a desire to join the EU.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Belgrade has said it will never recognise the loss of its former province but is open to discussing practical issues.

The two sides have reached deals on trade, freedom of movement, the cadastral registry, mutual recognition of university diplomas, border control management and on the representation of Kosovo at regional meetings.

But not all of the agreements have been implemented. The talks stopped owing to the Serbian general, local and presidential elections.

Alkesandar Vulin, head of the Serbian government office for Kosovo, confirmed that work on the platform for the new talks was ongoing. But he declined to reveal any new details.

"When the other party [Kosovo] responds, and when the international community, in whose good intentions I do not doubt, comes up with something concrete, we will immediately reveal our standpoint," Vulin said on Wednesday.

The talks are expected to continue at a higher political level than before. Thaci has already expressed readiness to lead Kosovo's team while his Serbian counterpart Dacic has yet to confirm his role.

Normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina is required of both countries if they wish to further their EU progress.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

sutanovac-last-hope-for-serbia-s-democrats--09-26-2016
26 Sep 16

Sutanovac, Last Hope For Serbia’s Democrats?

The new leader of the Democratic Party now has a chance to show that the party that transformed Serbia years ago can become a relevant force in politics once again.

26 Sep 16

Bosnian Serb Referendum Results Questioned

26 Sep 16

The Balkans Today: 26th - 30th September 2016

25 Sep 16

Republika Srpska Referendum: Live Blog

Premium Selection

opposition-mulls-joining-forces-in-belgrade-elections-09-22-2016
26 Sep 16

Opposition Mulls Joining Forces in Belgrade Elections

A proposal to run a joint candidate for Belgrade mayor in the next city elections could be the best chance for the embattled opposition to challenge the dominance of the ruling party, experts believe.

zdravko-saveski-not-your-usual-macedonian-politician-09-26-2016-1
26 Sep 16

Zdravko Saveski - Not Your Usual Macedonian Politician

A joint list of non-party candidates endorsed by all anti-regime forces in Macedonia is the best way to defeat Nikola Gruevski, a prominent voice in the new leftist Levica party says.

23 Sep 16

War Talk Grips Balkans Ahead of Bosnia Vote

22 Sep 16

Putin Hosts Dodik Ahead of Bosnia Serb Vote

21 Sep 16

Tara Mountain, a True Touch of Nature