EU envoy: Many urgent issues to discuss with Belgrade and Pristina reps

NEWS 07.09.2021 09:51
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Source: Armend Nimani/AFP (arhiva)

Miroslav Lajčák, the European Union special envoy for the Belgrade -Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, tweeted there were many urgent issues to be discussed with Belgrade and Pristina representatives in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday.

He added he expected to find a common understanding of the way forward.

On Monday, Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo announced the meetings, saying its head Petar Petkovic would have a separate session with Lajčák.

Ahead of the meetings, Petkovic told journalists in Brussels, „the talks will include five crucial issues: the Community of Serb Municipalities, missing persons, judiciary, energy and freedom of movement.

He added that peace and stability were essential and could not happen in the entire Western Balkans without the reconciliation between the Serbs and Albanians. “Serbia insists on that,” Petkovic said.

The meetings are a part of the EU-brokered dialogue focused on technical issues as a preparation for the high-level political talks between Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

Their last meeting was held in Brussels on July 19 and ended without progress.

Vucic then told reporters the talks were poor, unpleasant and that the Albanians spoke only about three genocides Serbia allegedly committed, while Kurti insisted Serbia should face the past.