The U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Anthony Godfrey, said that the United States is dissatisfied with the continued delays in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. However, he added that he was glad that the authorities in Serbia recognised the importance of resolving the issue and the fact that procrastination of the issue only harms people in the region.
“We support the efforts (of the EU special envoy for dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade Miroslav Lajcak) and look forward to the expected start of the dialogue in the coming weeks,” the US Ambassador said.
On 26 April, European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell announced that the first round of dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia at the highest political level would be held on 11 May. “I hope that we will have another meeting, on 11 May,” Borrell said after his meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in Brussels.
After the meeting with Vučić, Borrell called on Kosovo and Serbia to “engage in negotiations” regardless of the obstacles, which should lead to a comprehensive agreement on the normalisation of relations.
Two days later, on 28 April, however, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti told journalists during his first visit to the EU institutions in Brussels that he would not attend the 11 May meeting which would mark the resumption of dialogue with Serbia announced by Borrell.
Kurti underlined that the only meeting he would attend would be the one that the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, would hold with the region’s leaders in mid-May.
The dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, which began ten years ago with EU mediation, was interrupted in 2018 after Kosovo introduced import taxes on Serbian products, and resumed in 2020 when it also stopped.
(Radio Free Europe, 06.05.2021)
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