EU-mediated Kosovo talks resume in Brussels

Agenda includes finance, property and possibly other key issues

17 September, 13:08

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, SEPTEMBER 17 - Another session of EU-mediated talks between Belgrade and Pristina at the expert level opened on Thursday in Brussels.

    In reporting the news, Serbian media said that EU Special Representative for Kosovo Miroslav Lajcak had first met separately with the delegations and then continued on to the trilateral meeting.

    There are varying reports of what is on the agenda as concerns at the community of Serb municipalities in Kosovo, an issue that Belgrade holds as important and which had initially been among those to be discussed.

    However, Serbian media reported Wednesday that Lajcak had announced a change to the agenda, which is expected to deal only with economic, financial and property issues.

    The Serbian part nonetheless continues to say that the community of Serb municipalities is still the top topic of discussion, an issue that was agreed upon by the parties involved in a 2013 Brussels agreement but which has not yet been implemented due to staunch opposition by Pristina.

    Kosovo's leaders hold that issues concerning the internal structure of Kosovo, its sovereignty and territorial integrity cannot be put into discussion.

    Pristina said that the aim is still reciprocal recognition between Serbia and Kosovo.

    Two meetings at the summit between Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo prime minister Abdullah Hoti were held in recent days: the first on September 4 in Washington DC, where in the presence of US president Donald Trump an agreement was signed for the normalisation of economic relations between Belgrade and Pristina, and the second on September 7 in Brussels as part of EU-facilitated dialogue underway since 2011.

    (ANSAmed).

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