Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti are attending an emergency high-level meeting in Brussels, under the auspices of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue called by the European Union (EU) in an effort to avoid further escalation and tensions in Kosovo.
The meeting is facilitated by of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Josep Borrell and supported by EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajcak.
The EU officials met Monday morning with Kurti, the meeting was surprisingly short and that it lasted for about half an hour. Borrell and Lajcak are currently in a meeting with Vucic, following which a trilateral meeting, at which Vucic and Kurti will speak with the EU officials, is expected to be held.
The focus of the emergency meeting will be on finding a way out of the current crisis and avoiding further escalation and tensions on the ground, with an emphasis on license plates and the return of Kosovo Serbs to Kosovo institutions, said the EEAS.
“We need de-escalation of the situation, stop going from permanent crisis management and start advancing on normalization of relations instead,” Borrell wrote Sunday evening on Twitter.
Prior to his departure to Brussels Vucic said he was not optimistic and that he does not think anything can be done, but that he was going to make the trip anyway so that “Serbia is not blamed for not wanting to do anything.”
He reiterated that Serbia’s conditions are the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities and the scrapping of the decision on license plates.
Kosovo has said that it will start fining on November 22 owners of vehicles who have not replaced their Serbia-issued license plates with RKS (Republic of Kosovo) plates. The fine is set at 150 Euro.
International community representatives have asked Pristina to postpone the implementation of the license plates decision for ten months, which the Kosovo authorities have refused to do.
(Beta, N1, 21.11.2022)
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