Kosovo: dialogue, difficult mission of EU-U.S. envoys begins

Lajcak and Escobar today in Pristina, then Belgrade

31 January, 13:34

    (ANSAmed) - PRISTINA, JANUARY 31 - The perspective of a recovery of dialogue for the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina is at the center of talks that the two envoys of the EU and US, Miroslav Lajcak and Gabriel Escobar, have scheduled today with Kosovan leaders.

    During their mission to Pristina, which runs until February 2 and will subsequently continue in Belgrade, the two diplomats have on the agenda meetings with the President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani, Premier Albin Kurti and Deputy Premier Besnik Besljimi, who is leading the Kosovan delegation with the Serbian counterpart. Also scheduled are contacts with leaders from various political forces and with representatives of international delegations present in Kosovo. Among messages that the two envoys are bringing to their mission include the need to respect agreements already reached by the sides as part of talks ongoing since 2011 with the mediation of the EU and the support of the US.

    In this respect, the main issue is the Community of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo, a body included in an important agreement reached in Brussels in April 2013, strongly promoted by Belgrade, which however Pristina refuses to implement as it considers the institution to go against the constitution of Kosovo which bans the formation of single ethnic entities.

    Pristina fears that in Kosovo something similar to the Republika Srpska, the Serbian-majority entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina, could be created. (ANSAmed).

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