Analysis 25 Aug 17

Kosovo-Serbia ‘Historic’ Deal Remains Stuck, Years On

Only one of the four agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia two years ago has been implemented, while all others are blocked – as the two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

Perparim Isufi, Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Pristina, Belgrade
Mitrovica bridge

When the Kosovo and Serbia Prime Ministers, Isa Mustafa and Aleksandar Vucic, put the pen to paper on four key agreements in Brussels on 25 August 2015, European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini lauded a “landmark achievement”.

Two years and many follow-up meetings later, only one of the four deals has been marked as implemented.

The agreement on telecommunications enabled Kosovo to get its own international dialling code in December last year.

But the other three agreements – on energy, on the formation of an Association of Serb-Majority Municipalities, and on the opening of the bridge in the divided northern town of Mitrovica – remain stuck.

The two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

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