BELGRADE – Serbia ‘pressured’ to recognise Kosovo independence, says finance minister

Serbian Finance Minister Sinisa Mali said in Washington on Thursday (3 September) that “pressure against the Serbian delegation is immense” and that “a document” was on the table with the proposal for Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence.

The US Special Envoy for the Serbia-Kosovo negotiations immediately denied that information in a brief tweet.

Mali, who is part of the Serbian delegation headed by President Aleksandar Vučić, said that Serbia had been given “a document worse than any other” since the negotiations with Pristina started.

“There were 16 items on the paper, on the table, of which item 10 envisages mutual recognition. Of some two dozen people in the room, not just Albanians, they all reacted very aggressively to our delegation’s every word, antagonistically,” the minister told reporters.

A two-day meeting between Vučić and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti began yesterday in Washington as part of the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo. Grenell and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien are hosting the dialogue at the White House.

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