Lajcak in separate meetings with Belgrade, Pristina chief negotiators

NEWS 16.11.2021 22:23
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Source: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

European Union envoy Miroslav Lajcak said on Tuesday that he had separate meetings with the chief negotiators from Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels to discuss ways to move the dialogue process forward.

“Today I hosted the two chief negotiators and their delegations for separate meetings on outstanding issues and the way forward in the dialogue,” he wrote in a Twitter post following the meetings.

He said that he briefed the head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo Petar Petkovic and Kosovo deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi about Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council and the expectations of the European Union foreign ministers for another top-level Belgrade-Pristina dialogue meeting to take place by the end of the year.

“It’s high time for real progress,” Lajcak tweeted.

 

Petkovic said after his last meeting of the day with Lajcak that Pristina’s delegation refused to discuss the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities which is part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. “Pristina refused to have direct talks with us because it refused to discuss the Community of Serb Municipalities which was the topic in Brussels as Lajcak said it would be in the September 30 statement. Pristina is the side that is refusing to discuss the community,” he told the Serbian state TV (RTS).

Speaking in Pristina, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti said that the dialogue “is not about the status of Kosovo, nor about internal issues but about the status of relations between two countries”. “The lack of progress in the dialogue did not start with us but we pointed out that it is largely due to a wrong approach. Agreements harmful to Kosovo were signed… We need a new approach with reciprocal recognition in its center,” he told Radio Free Europe adding that he expects a comprehensive agreement to be signed with belgrade during his term in office. He said that the normalization of Kosovo-Serbia relations depends on Serbia’s readiness to change its approach and itself.