The formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) would not be a topic during Thursday’s meeting between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels, the European Union Special envoy for the dialogue Miroslav Lajčák tweeted on Wednesday.
What appears to be his answer to the claim by Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo, that the list of the technical dialogue would include the CSM, Lajčák said the talks would be about two issues – mutual financial claims and the minorities’ communities status, not the CSM topic.
Pres Vučić & PM Hoti agreed their negotiators will follow up on settlement of mutual financial claims & arrangements for non-majority community. Both topics are v.complex.That’s why we will discuss financial claims tomorrow & arrangements for non-majority community in coming days— Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak)September 16, 2020
Duric responded with two tweets, thanking Lajčák for hosting the meeting and adding the agenda would include the CSM issue.
Thank you for hosting the meeting. First topic on the agenda tomorrow will be the Community of Serb majority municipalities. At least for the Serbian side. The one agreed under EU facilitation 7 and a half years ago. This one.https://t.co/9RLpeU5ghp— Марко Ђурић (@markodjuric)September 16, 2020
P.S. Property issues may be on the agenda tomorrow too. We have a lot to say about this issue. (private, church, and state property).— Марко Ђурић (@markodjuric)September 16, 2020
Kosovo officials also discuss whether and how to negotiate the formation of CSM. Their debate over what will be on the agenda of negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade intensifies and President Hashim Thaci joined it on Thursday.
He demanded that the Parliament urgently adopt a resolution banning Hoti from negotiating on CSM, despite both Lajčák and Hoti denying that will be on the list for the tomorrow's meeting.