No progress in another round of talks between Belgrade and Pristina

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, stated today that Pristina was not ready for the trilateral meeting and had set three conditions for it to take place, whereas Serbia was ready for the meeting.

“Both Parties bear the responsibility for not fulfilling what they promised to do. The non-implementation is a huge lost opportunity for both Parties,” he told reporters after the high-level Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue meeting.

According to the EU High Representative, he and his associates had separate meetings with Vucic and Kurti without the planned tirlateral meeting. “During today’s meeting, President Vucic and Prime Minister Kurti presented their views and positions how to process could move forward. The discussions were as difficult as always, and in the end there was no trilateral meeting. Kosovo was not ready for this, while Serbia was,” he said.

Borrell said that the normalisation process can only progress as fast as the two parties want, adding that “unfortunately, no progress in implementation of the Agreement could be achieved today”.

He said that Kurti presented three conditions for Pristina’s further engagement in the broader normalisation process – formalization of the Basic Agreement with the signatures of the respective heads of state and government; withdrawal of the reservation letter officially deposited with the EEAS by former PM Brnabic, dated 13 December 2023; and the handing over of Kosovo Serb politician and businessman Milan Radoicic who headed a group of armed men involved in the Banjska armed incident.

“Serbia was not ready to fully meet Kosovo’s conditions citing constitutional constraints, while President Vucic did indicate that he is ready to explore options in relation to the former Prime Minister’s letter and formalising the Agreement in line with past Dialogue practice in order to unblock implementation of the Agreement,” he said.

Borrell said that prior to the meeting, the EU presented a new proposal for the implementation plan that would guide the implementation phase – “but unfortunately the conditioning of implementation did not allow the discussions to focus on concrete implementation actions by the Parties today”.

(Blic, 26.06.2024)

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