Lajčák on Belgrade-Pristina meeting: Wasn’t easy, but important it happened

NEWS 15.06.2021 13:56
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Miroslav Lajčák, the European Union special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, said the Tuesday's negotiations "were not easy, but it was important the meeting happened."

Lajčák and the EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell mediated Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kuri’s first meeting on the Belgrade and Pristina relations dialogue after 18 months.

„Both leaders were extremely open and honest about what they want from the dialogue. That’s important for the EU because there is no other way forward beside the normalisation of relations. Both leaders are committed to working on the normalisation through the dialogue,“ Lajčák told reporters after the meeting.

Brisel, 15.06.2021. - Predsednik Srbije Aleksandaa Vučić i premijer Kosova Aljbin Kurti, Žozep Borel EU dijalog Beograd i Priština Miroslav Lajčak Dijaloga Beograd-Pristina, Briselu. Pregovori, kosovo, dijalog
Source : BETA/European Council/Mario Salerno/DS

Before him, Vucic told reporters after the meetings Kurti came not to agree and to demand immediate recognition og Kosovo’s independence.

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Lajčák confirmed the next meeting was scheduled for the end of July,

„The EU and people in Serbia and Kosovo have high expectations from their leaders to overcome what had happened in the past and look into the future, to normalise the relations thoroughly,“ Lajčák said in a short address without taking any question.