For the first time in 20 months, negotiations were held between Serbia and Kosovo. The EU wants the parties signed a binding document

On 12 July for the first time in 20 months held high-level talks between Serbia and Kosovo, they were held in a videoconference mode. Dialogue on the comprehensive normalization of relations took place with the mediation of the EU, reported the website of the European external action service with reference to the special representative of the EU for the Western Balkans Miroslav Lajcak.

Serbia was represented at the talks by President Alexander Vucic, Kosovo Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti.

“We have agreed on the basic elements of the process and agreed on the agenda for the next meeting, which will take place at a personal meeting in Brussels on 16 July. I want to thank both parties for their constructive participation today,” said Lajcak.

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell has said that the negotiation process is signing a legally binding joint document, informs the website of the European external action service.

“Agreement on all outstanding issues, is crucial for a better future of the peoples of Kosovo and Serbia for their European prospects for security and stability of the entire region. All this is also important for the EU. The absence of solutions impedes the development of both sides. We know it’s difficult and unprecedented process. ONAKO need to strive for peace and prosperity in the name of our common future,” said Borrell.

Negotiations, he said, will require “political courage,” and the parties need to exercise “the spirit of compromise and pragmatism”.

Today’s video conference was preceded by an online meeting Vucic, Hoti, President of France Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which took place July 10, according to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Negotiations were tough, said at the end survived. According to his conviction, he told Him and Merkel that if Kosovo’s independence “is what they want to talk, the conversation is completely meaningless.”

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and was recognized by 100 countries. Serbia does not recognize the secession of Kosovo and considers its territory.

The negotiations of Belgrade and Pristina on the political settlement and economic cooperation was interrupted in 2018, when the Kosovo government imposed a tax on goods imported from Serbia. Hoti later abolished these fees.

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