European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini said on Friday that she told Kosovo President Hashim Thaci that the 100 percent tariffs on goods from Serbia need to be revoked.
Mogherini tweeted that she also told Thaci that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue has to resume as soon as possible because there is no more time to loose.
The normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina is crucial to Kosovo, Serbia, the Western Balkans region and the EU, she wrote on her Twitter account without specifying when and how she spoke Thaci.
Spoke to President@HashimThaciRKS: reiterated that the tariffs need to be revoked so#Dialogueis resumed as soon as possible. Normalisation of relations crucial for#Kosovo#Serbia#WesternBalkans#EU. No more time to lose.— Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog)February 1, 2019
Mogherini is in Bucharest for a meeting of EU and candidate country foreign ministers organized as part of the Romanian EU presidency.
Thaci responded on his Twitter account saying that Kosovo is committed to closing the painful chapter of its past through the dialogue. He added that a comprehensive peace agreement would bring reconciliation and membership in international organizations.
Thank you Federica.#Kosovois committed and unified in our aim to close the painful chapter of the past through dialogue w/ Serbia facilitated by EU. Comprehensive peace deal will bring reconciliation between our countries and will enable Kosovo’s membership to UN, EU, NATO.https://t.co/3UqOFRF9Ig— Hashim Thaçi (@HashimThaciRKS)February 1, 2019
Thaci added on his Facebook profile that the message from Mogherini was clear: "the dialogue must continue, and both sides must refrain from unilateral actions that prevent it from continuing". He added that Pristina should be pragmatic and follow the advice from the EU and US. “We must immediately remove the pretext that Serbia is using to block the dialogue”.