Borrell: No agreement yet, the discussion will resume

NEWS 18.08.2022 18:24
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Source: Tanjug/ AP Virginia Mayo

Unhappily, we did not reach an agreement today, but it is not the end of the story, both leaders agreed that the process needs to continue and the discussion will resume in the coming days, European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said following his meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti held Thursday in Brussels.

Borrell added that there is still time until September 1, and that he is not giving up.

Explaining that the most pressing points on the agenda of the EU-mediated talks were the recent tensions over the implementation of Kosovo Government’s reciprocity measures on license plates and personal documents that have been postponed for September 1, Borrell said “The international community does not want to see any new tensions in the coming period, and the parties will be fully responsible for any escalation on the ground.”

“Today there was no an agreement, but I don’t give up, we need to continue discussing, we need to look for a solution, the process will continue,” Borrell said.

The High Representative said he “made also clear to both leaders that European Union accession should remain their ultimate objective, one to which they have both committed, and for this they need to find a way, to advance on this path and the first step on this way is to look for a solution to the current situation.”

Noting that it was a long day of meetings, Borrell said they agreed “to continue working jointly, in a politically intelligent and responsible manner, looking for a comprehensive and mutually agreeable solution” in a situation when the safety and stability of the citizens and of Europe as a whole are the most important.

“It is our responsibility and our duty to continue working in order to look for a solution that unhappily today was not possible,” Borrell said, not offering any details on the talks.

The head of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo, Petar Petkovic, said that members of the Serbian delegation in Brussels will not be issuing any statements Thursday and that President Vucic will address the public on Friday upon his return to Serbia.

Vucic and Kurti had meetings Thursday in Brussels with Borell and EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak.

President Vucic has called a meeting with the political leaders of the Kosovo Serbs, N1 was told in Brussels on Thursday. The meeting has been scheduled for Sunday in the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade.

Vucic met Wednesday in Brussels with Miroslav Lajcak, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Gabriel Escobar and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.