Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission (EC) President, announced on Thursday she would meet with Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbia’ President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels, as planned.
The meetings in Brussels come amid the announcement that the war crimes indictments against Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci and nine other people were ready, pending the pre-trial judge approval.
The Head of the European Council, Charles Michel commented on the impending meeting:
“During our meeting, I underlined the urgent need for progress in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. The recent appointment of Ambassador Miroslav Lajcak as EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue underlines the EU’s willingness to address this issue, and a further meeting is scheduled for July in Brussels”.
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They also come after Thaci and Hoti said would not take part in the meeting in Washington called by the US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalization of relations Richard Grenell.
He called the meeting without consulting Brussels officials, despite the European Union facilitated the dialogue for years.
Brussels has not commented on the indictments, while Washington has said it was a step toward the reconciliation in the Western Balkans.
Grenell hasn’t commented on Hoti’s decision not to travel to Washington.
(Radio Free Europe, 25.06.2020)
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