Mogherini: No divisions along ethnic lines, Pristina to revoke import tariffs

Mogherini: No divisions along ethnic lines, Pristina to revoke import tariffs

Mogherini: No divisions along ethnic lines, Pristina to revoke import tariffs Izvor: Screeenshot

The European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said on Monday the bloc would greet a comprehensive, legally binding agreement as an outcome of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations, without any division along the ethnic lines, N1 reported.

She added such an agreement should be in line with the international law and the EU values.

“The dialogue belongs to the parties involved, while Brussels facilitates it. It’s up to them (Belgrade and Pristina) to define the topics, speed, details and outcome. It is not on (EU) member states to say what an outcome should be,” Mogherini said.

But, she added, “let me be clear. Whatever ideas on correction (of the borders) may be on the agenda, it will never lead to ethnically ‘pure’ states."

Mogherini said she was still optimistic that a legally binding agreement could be reached, despite some big problems existing right now.

She again said the EU expected Pristina to revoke the introduced 100 percent customs duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia, adding Johannes Hahn, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, delivered the same message during his visit to Kosovo.

Mogherini reiterated the introduction of tariffs was not in a spirit of cooperation and was contrary to what had been agreed.

Pristina refused to annul the decision and announced new, even stricter measures against Serbia.

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said the tariff would be in place until Belgrade did not recognise Kosovo’s independence.

Belgrade says it will never do that.

However, Mogherini said she believed the two sides could reach a positive result, but added: “I repeat, it’s up to them.”



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