EU’s Mogherini: I’ll lock us in for as long as necessary if dialogue resumes

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Until the import duties on goods from Serbia are in place, there are no conditions for a successful continuation of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations, Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative and the talks’ mediator, said on Monday.

Following the meeting of the EU ministers in Brussels, she said she was ready to call a new meeting between Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and his counterpart Hashim Thaci “the very first morning after the taxes on goods from Serbia are annulled.”

“Until that happens, I don’t see conditions for a successful round of talks. As soon as the conditions are met, I’m ready not only to call the meeting but to lock us in as long as necessary, for a week, a month or three months,” Mogherini said.

Pristina has been resisting pressure from both the US and EU to at least suspend the import tariffs it introduced last November.

It seems the issue causes a split between Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj who is against the suspension before Belgrade recognises Pristina’s independence and President Hashim Thaci who advocates more conciliatory policy especially to maintain good relations with Washington.

Belgrade vows it will never recognise Kosovo independence and that there wouldn’t be any talks while taxes are in place.