Serbian and Kosovo government officials met in Berlin on Wednesday in an effort to get the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue re-started, an Albanian-language newspaper reported on Thursday.
The Pristina-based Gazeta Express said the Kosovo delegation to the German-mediated meeting was headed by the Prime Minister’s cabinet chief Selim Selimi while the Serbian delegation was headed by Office for Kosovo chief Marko Djuric.
The daily said the talks were held at technical level with the Kosovo delegation stating that it was not empowered to discuss the 100 percent tariffs imposed on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina or political issues such as the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM), the KoSSev news portal reported.
Gazeta Express said that it got confirmation of the meeting from the head of Kosovo’s delegation in the technical dialogue with Serbia Avni Arifi, Pristina’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
“The meeting was devoted to getting the technical dialogue back to where it stopped so that we can continue on. We were not empowered to discuss politics or the tariffs,” Arifi told the newspaper.
“The debate was about the dialogue being blocked on March 15, 2018, seven months before the tariffs were introduced. Despite our insisting with the European Union in May it was not continued because (EU High Representative Federica) Mogherini’s office has been turned into Serbia’s office,” Arifi said.
Arifi said that the Kosovo delegation asked both Berlin and Belgrade not to set conditions to continue the dialogue and continue talks at the summit in Paris, Gazeta Express said.