Pristina: Escalation suits Vucic, let’s remove both temporary car plates

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Source: Printskrin/Tanjug

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti reiterated on Wednesday the decision on the reciprocity regarding license plates with Serbia was the right decision, adding any escalation suited only Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic.

„The decision on license plates is fair and guarantees the right to free movement, including Serbia’s citizens; neither our citizens nor our state are interested in incidents or escalations, nor are Kosovo Serbs or Serbia. It seems that only one individual, Serbia’s President (Aleksandar Vucic), is interested in that. We are for the dialogue,“ he added.

Kurti told the Government meeting that Kosovo’s offer for both sides was to remove the temporary license plates.

Pristina introduced the reciprocity measure on Monday, not allowing the transit of vehicles with Serbia’s license plates.

Vehicles with those license plates must obtain temporary ones and ay five euros insurance valid for60 days, as Kosovo citizens with RKS license plates are required to change them when entering Serbia.

The measure provoked a reaction from the Serbs, who used cars and trucks to block roads to the border crossings Jarinje and Brnjak in the north for three days now.

Kosovo police with additional units remain in the area.

At the other four crossings, the change of plates goes on normally.

Kurti said that his offer was practical – „let’s remove the temporary plates for both Serbia and Kosovo. I believe that it is not in Serbia’s interest to reject dialogue and talks as they are currently doing. Brussels is a place where talks should take place, and we are ready and open for talks.“

Vucic on Tuesday also called for the dialogue to solve the issue and asked the European Union to react.