BELGRADE/PRISTINA – Difficult Serbia-Kosovo talks, but some progress

The continuation of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue with the EU’s mediation and the first face-to-face meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in Brussels “weren’t easy talks”, according to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.

Vučić noted, however, that there was some progress on the issue of missing and displaced persons and the economy, noting that the talks at technical level will resume in a week.

After meeting Serbia’s president, Hoti said the meeting in Brussels (the first in 20 months) had been difficult, adding that he expected the dialogue to conclude in several months.

“You know that this is a process which needs to be completed within several weeks or months. Not longer than that. I am certain that we have the ability to make progress because we have the support of key EU states and mediator (Miroslav) Lajčák,” Hoti said after the meeting, stressing that the political will to conclude this process in the coming period was the most important.

Ahead of the talks between the two heads of state, EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said he expected “a constructive” discussion and urged the two leaders to approach it in the spirit of “compromise and pragmatism.”


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