Home Page
news 26 Mar 15

Kosovo PM Says He Has Hotline to Belgrade

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on Thursday said that he and the Serbian Prime Minister had agreed to discuss certain problems directly - and not rely solely on meetings in Brussels.

Una Hajdari BIRN Pristina
Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa.

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told a press conference with EU High Representative Frederica Mogherini on Thursday that he and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic had agreed to directly discuss the challenges facing their two countries.

“I spoke with Serbian Prime Minister Vucic about future cooperation between Kosovo and Serbia. We decided that specific situations or unexpected developments be solved through direct contact,” Mustafa said.

He had decided he needed to contact Vucic about the wave of illegal migrants heading from Kosovo to Western Europe at the beginning of this year, when Kosovo citizens were crossing Serbia and trying to enter the EU illegally via Hungary.

“I initiated a conversation with Mr Vucic during the migration period, because I found it necessary to ask him to take measures to close the migration corridor,” continued Mustafa.

This was Mogherini's first visit to Prishtina as EU High Representative.

With regard to Wednesday night’s conversation, Mustafa said that it was initiated by the Serbian Prime Minister. “This time Mr Vucic initiated the conversation himself, and we spoke on the phone last night,” he recalled.

“We agreed that when we come across issues that need speedy action in the field, we can communicate directly – so as to find quick solutions and not have to wait for meetings in Brussels,” Mustafa concluded.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on her first visit to Kosovo since up taking the position in November, applauded the new form of direct communication established between Pristina and Belgrade.

Mogherini hailed this as a big step forward in the normalization process.

“Just the fact that there is contact, without the facilitation of Brussels, is a huge result,” she said, especially if this was compared to “the situation a few years ago.

“My personal objective would be that the Brussels facilitation is not needed at all," she added.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Serbia - Kosovo Relations: Latest Headlines

the-majority-in-serbia-unwilling-to-go-to-war-for-kosovo-02-14-2017 News 14 Feb 17 Most Serbians Unwilling to Fight for Kosovo: Survey

Three-quarters of Serbian citizens do not want to wage war to win Kosovo back, suggested a survey which also indicated that the majority support continued dialogue with Pristina.

kosovo-s-president-with-an-initiative-of-reconciliation-02-13-2017 news 13 Feb 17 Kosovo’s Thaci Announces Post-War Reconciliation Commission

President Hashim Thaci announced a new Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which he said was intended to encourage mutual forgiveness among Kosovo’s Albanians and Serbs.

mitrovica-bridge-still-dividing-instead-of-uniting-kosovo-02-12-2017 Interview 13 Feb 17 Mitrovica Bridge Still Dividing Instead of Uniting Kosovo

Kosovo, Serbian and international actors are going from one mistake to another as they try to resolve the issue of the infamous bridge in Mitrovica, Nexhmedin Spahiu says.

mayor-of-presevo-disapproving-territories-exchange-proposal-02-06-2017 interview 07 Feb 17 Presevo Mayor: Territorial Swap Would Destabilise Balkans

The mayor of Serbia's predominantly ethnic Albanian town of Presevo dismissed a US Congressman's idea of swapping mainly Albanian parts of southern Serbia for the Serb-populated part of northern Kosovo.

kosovo-serbs-already-got-used-to-belgrade-s-political-provocations-02-03-2017 news 03 Feb 17 Vucic Blames Kosovo, EU for Spike in Tensions

Serbia's Prime Minister said he had appealed to Kosovo Serb leaders to calm tensions in northern Kosovo, but locals say Belgrade holds a fair share in spike of strains.

government-unclear-on-its-plans-according-to-wall-in-north-kosovo-01-30-2017 news 31 Jan 17 Kosovo Hesitates to Demolish Serb Wall In North

Kosovo's government has yet to clarify its likely course towards the wall erected by the Serb authorities in the divided northern town of Mitrovica, despite a parliamentary resolution ordering its removal by the end of the month.

russian-experts-dismiss-putin-trump-deal-on-kosovo-01-25-2017 News 25 Jan 17 Russian Experts Dismiss Putin-Trump Kosovo Deal

Russian analysts have dismissed suggestions that Moscow might recognise Kosovo's independence as a wider deal with the US, saying Russia would never betray its ally Serbia.

kosovo-eyes-territory-measurement-amid-border-uncertainties-01-24-2017 news 25 Jan 17 Kosovo to Map Territory Amid Border Uncertainties

The Kosovo government is aiming to map the country’s territory precisely for the first time, nine years after declaring independence, following a political dispute over a border agreement with Montenegro.

the-presidents-of-serbia-and-kosovo-to-meet-in-brussels-01-23-2017 News 24 Jan 17 Kosovo, Serbia Presidents Meet to Ease Tensions

The two Presidents and Prime Ministers are to meet in Brussels after growing tensions put on hold the implementation of key Belgrade-Pristina agreements.

despite-the-boycott-the-import-from-serbia-increased-01-19-2017 Feature 23 Jan 17 Kosovo Shoppers Find it Hard to Shun Serbian Goods

The latest friction with Serbia over a train has revived calls in Kosovo for a boycott of Serbian products - but shops that do not stock Serbian goods remain few and far between.