Serbia’s Vucic says won't have meeting with Kosovo’s Thaci in Bratislava

Serbia’s Vucic says won't have meeting with Kosovo’s Thaci in Bratislava

Serbia’s Vucic says won't have meeting with Kosovo’s Thaci in Bratislava Izvor: Tanjug / Dimitrije Goll

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President said he would not have a bilateral meeting with his Kosovo’s counterpart Hashim Thaci at the international conference in Bratislava where a discussion on the future of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue will be on the agenda, Prva TV reported on Thursday.

Vucic said he would tell the truth about Kosovo and that it was necessary for the US to persuade Pristina to abolish the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia.

“I’m going there free from any guilt or responsibility regarding Kosovo,” he told the TV.

The GlobSec conference is about security in Central Europe.

Earlier, RTS said Vucic and Thaci would take part in a panel on the future of the dialogue but did not mention bilateral talks.

The dialogue on the normalisation of relations has been on hold since last November after Pristina introduced the 100 percent import taxes after it failed to join Interpol, blaming Belgrade for campaigning against its membership.

Both the European Union and the US have repeatedly asked Pristina to suspend the taxes and thus enable the dialogue to resume, but so far Kosovo's leaders have rejected to comply.

Belgrade says no more talks as long as the tariffs are in place. Brussels also says the suspension of taxes is a condition for the dialogue to continue.

In yet another European attempt to make Belgrade and Pristina back to the negotiating table is expected on July 1, in Paris, in a meeting organised by German Chancellor Angel Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

However, Vucic said on Monday the meeting might not happen if the US which, according to him, took part in consultations, realised that nothing would be achieved.


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