Bieber: Time running out for Belgrade and Pristina to reach agreement

Bieber: Time running out for Belgrade and Pristina to reach agreement

Bieber: Time running out for Belgrade and Pristina to reach agreement Izvor: N1

Belgrade and Pristina are not likely to reach an agreement on improving their relations, said expert in the South-east European studies Florian Bieber, expressing concern over the possible escalation of tensions.

Speaking for N1, the Austrian professor said the time was running out for Belgrade and Pristina to reach an agreement within the dialogue that is mediated by the European Union's chief of diplomacy Federica Mogherini.

“We're not getting messages about a dialogue heading towards the right direction. We can see various signals that go towards escalation. The narrative on change of borders is a negative step, it leads further from essential issues that had to be solved,” said Bieber who doubts any agreement will be reached next year.

Bieber teaches at the University of Graz and is Director of the University Centre for Southeast European Studies. He noted that an agreement which would not enable Serbia and Kosovo to be the EU member states and have peaceful relations was not desirable.

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