Merkel and Vucic advocate fast resumption of Belgrade-Pristina talks

NEWS 18.03.202017:20
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Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a video link conversation on Wednesday that the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue should resume as soon as possible with an aim to reach a comprehensive agreement on the normalisation of relations, the Beta news agency reported.

 The two were scheduled to meet in Berlin, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they agreed to use modern technology for talks.

A joint statement said Merkel welcomed Vucic’s readiness to re-start the dialogue about trade and non-customs barriers between Kosovo and Serbia under the European Union auspices.

The dialogue has been on hold since November 2018.

According to the statement, the Chancellor also welcomed Serbia’s readiness to implement the Brussels Agreement about integrated managing of the administrative line, while Vucic insisted on the full implementation of the Agreement.

He added he would undertake all necessary steps for the successful resumption of the dialogue and avoid moves which could lower the relations so that a constructive and open atmosphere for the negotiations could be achieved.

Vucic told Merkel he was grateful for the German and her attention and care for Serbia and the Western Balkans.

Besides the dialogue and the issue of Pristina’s 100 percent taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia, the two talked about the bilateral relationship, economic links, Serbia’s EU accession process, reforms on that road and the situation in the region.

The joined statement also said that Merkel and Vucic discussed the challenges in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.