Kosovo’s new government scraps reciprocity measures

Kosovo’s new government, headed by Avdullah Hoti, withdrew on Saturday (6 June) reciprocity measures towards Serbia consisting of trade restrictions and customs requirements, effective immediately.

Hoti said the decision removes all obstacles to dialogue with Serbia on Kosovo’s part, adding that Pristina expects Serbia to remove its own obstacles for the dialogue to continue.

The EU’s special representative for the Belgrade-Pristina talks, Miroslav Lajcak, welcomed the decision. “The quick removal of obstacles to the continuation of EU-mediated dialogue has demonstrated Kosovo’s clear commitment to returning to the negotiating table without delay,” Lajcak has said.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci also welcomed the decision, explaining that it removed all barriers that Serbia had used as an excuse to block the dialogue. 

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić also hailed the decision, saying that it was now possible to establish a good business relationship between Serbs and Albanians and that both sides could benefit strongly from such a relationship.

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