Lajcak:”Belgrade and Pristina show no willingness to compromise”

European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, said on Wednesday, following the chief negotiators’ meeting in Brussels, that he is ready to host the two parties again if they show readiness to reach a mutually agreeable temporary solution.

“Hosted the Chief negotiators of Kosovo and Serbia for the 7th time on the implications of the Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK) regulation. Regrettably, the Parties did not manage to reach an agreement,” Lajcak wrote in a post on the X social media platform.

Peter Stano, the spokesperson of the European Union (EU) that is facilitating the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, wrote on X that the parties were not able to compromise on the remaining open issues.

“The EU regrets this and assesses that there is no readiness of Kosovo and Serbia to find a compromise agreement going forward,” Stano said.

A trilateral meeting between the Belgrade and Pristina delegations and the EU as the facilitator ended Wednesday in Brussels without a solution regarding the Central Bank of Kosovo (CBK) regulation banning the use of the Serbian dinar.

Following a new round of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue at the level of chief negotiators, which lasted almost seven hours, Serbia’s chief negotiator Petar Petkovic told reporters in Brussels that Serbia put forward six constructive proposals regarding the use of the dinar, but that Pristina rejected all of them.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni confirmed in their letter to Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti that European Union (EU) Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak’s proposal for the establishment of the Community/Association of Serb-majority Municipalities (CSM) is a “solid model, drafted carefully with the help of European lawyers and experts, based on existing best practices in Europe.”

According to the Pristina media, they said there is a real risk that, without decisive progress on the establishment of the Community/Association of Serb-majority Municipalities, Kosovo’s application to the Council of Europe will not receive sufficient support.

(Novi Magazin, 16.05.2024)

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