Brdo-Brioni Summit of Balkan leaders in Tirana

The leaders of the six Western Balkans countries met in the Albanian capital Tirana to discuss possibilities of strengthening cooperation in the region and its path to the European Union, the Beta news agency reported.

Albania’s President Ilir Meta hosts the Brdo – Brioni summit, initiated in 2013 by Croatia and Slovenia, which presidents Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Borut Pahor respectively are also present at the gathering.

Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaci and Aleksandar Vucic respectively, shook hands at the summit and before the talks that will be mediated by the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini. The talks have been on hold since last November after Kosovo introduced the 100 per cent import taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Besides Vucic and Thaci, the president of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic, the outgoing President of North Macedonia Djordje Ivanov and the Chairman and a member to the Bosnian tripartite Presidency, Milorad Dodik and Sefik Dzaferovic are also attending the summit.

Late on Wednesday, Vucic said in Tirana the so-called mini Schengen visa regime between Kosovo and Albania was “impossible and, delusional,” Serbia’s state TV RTS reported.

During his tête-à-tête meeting the European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, at the sidelines of the Brdo – Brioni summit, Vucic said the two analysed the recent Berlin Summit and the latest developments

He added it was not his habit to gripe about what others did, but said he was worried “because of weird happenings between Tirana and Pristina.”

He also predicted that Serbia and Montenegro would not open any new chapter in negotiations with the EU, the accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia would not start, and nothing would happen regarding Bosnia.

 According to him, Kosovo will not be granted visa-free regime, adding he supported the visa liberation for Kosovo citizens.

“OK, we are stupid, but not that stupid, and you all know I’m right in saying that nothing will happen in June or July,” Vucic said and added that the resolution of the problems between Kosovo and Serbia rests solely in the hands of the Serbs and Albanians, and nobody else.

He added he had a meeting with Edi Rama, Albania’s Prime Minister, during which “we discussed, among other things, the necessity of fully opening the borders between Kosovo and Albania and the creation of an Albanian space without borders.”

(Nedeljnik, 09.05.2019)


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