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As Serbia prepares to implement a deal on border crossings with Kosovo, President Tomislav Nikolic suggests that PM Ivica Dacic should lead the negotiating team.
President Tomislav Nikolic told the Serbian broadcaster B92 on Sunday night that he would propose that Prime Minister Ivica Dacic heads Belgrade's team in negotiations with Pristina.
According to the president, Dacic should assume this role because a "president of government negotiates with a president of government", and Pristina "is proposing their prime minister".
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 one day.
Police Checkpoint in South Serbia Attacked
Unknown attackers opened fire on a Serbian police checkpoint near the village of Dobrosin, on the Kosovo-Serbia border.
There have been no reports of casualties on Monday morning from the attack that happened last night.
The police checkpoint is located some 100 metres from the border.
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.
On Friday, Dacic's cabinet has formed a working group to implement the agreement on joint management of border crossings in Kosovo.
“Through the working groups, we will strive to change and improve certain decisions and make them less problematic, more acceptable to Serbia,” said Dejan Pavicevic, the head of the working group.
The Serbian government's Secretary General, Veljko Odalovic, has told Vecernje Novosti, a Belgrade-based daily newspapers, that the group, which should meet with Kosovo’s representatives and the Brussels administration soon, will be comprised of experts from the ministries of Interior, Defence, Agriculture and Customs Administration.
Odalovic explained that the members of the working group would try to reach a solution with the Kosovo Albanians and the EU concerning ways to implement the signed document while respecting Serbian legislation.
The European Commission developed the concept of Integrated Border Management, IBM, specifically for the Western Balkans.
The basic principle is that all the relevant authorities and agencies involved in border security and trade on both sides of the frontier work together in coordination.
Under the terms of the deal, Kosovo and Serbian customs and police officers will stand under one roof once the agreement is put into operation.
Police from the EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, are expected to observe the two sides jointly managing the cross-border flow of goods and passengers.
The implementation of the deal is one of key conditions for Serbia in order to get the date for the start of the EU accession talks.
Belgrade and Pristina have failed to make headway during negotiations on an international dialling code for Kosovo and a licence for a Serbian mobile phone operator in Kosovo.
The Red Cross appealed for new information to help find the bodies of Kosovo’s 1,700 wartime missing, but their families accused Serbia of concealing the locations of graves.
Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have agreed on a harmonized plan to implement the recent Brussels-led agreement, the EU foreign policy chief announced.
Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting between Kosovo and Serbia, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle urged both sides to take real steps to implement their EU-brokered agreement.
As Pristina and Belgrade seek agreement on implementing their EU-brokered deal, Albanian leaders in Serbia’s Presevo Valley are urging the Kosovo authorities to help them win more rights.
Despite two failed meetings about the implementation of the EU-brokered deal between Kosovo and Serbia, officials hope that prime ministerial talks next week will see progress.
NATO’s Kosovo force warned that only authorised policing groups are allowed to carry weapons in northern Kosovo, not Serb-organised ‘civil defence’ units.
After the two delegations failed to agree an action plan, the Serbian Prime Minister said the EU-led deal will be finalised following direct meetings with his Kosovo counterpart.
Pristina and Belgrade delegations hold their second meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss implementing the EU-led agreement on normalizing relations.
Serbia’s former top official for Kosovo says only Belgrade can pursue Serbs in North to respect EU-brokered agreement.
Serbian parliament gave the green light for the EU-backed agreement on the integration of the Serb minority in Kosovo when it adopted the government’s report on the Belgrade, Pristina talks.
Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian deputy prime minister, said the government will meet the request of Serbs from Kosovo and call a referendum on the Belgrade-Pristina deal.
Teams from Kosovo and Serbia have headed to Brussels to agree on implementing the recently agreed EU-led deal.
After a long and tense debate on Sunday night that was interrupted by protests, parliament in Pristina voted for the deal with Belgrade on the future of Serb-run northern Kosovo.
As the government has approved the Belgrade-Pristina agreement on Monday, the nationalist opposition Democratic Party of Serbia holds a protest.
Belgrade and Pristina finally agreed on the future of Serb-run North Kosovo in the tenth round of EU-led talks on Friday.