EU leaders welcome Belgrade-Pristina agreement

Tanjug/AP/Olivier Matthys

European Union leaders welcomed the agreement and implementation annex to normalize relations between Belgrade and Pristina, the European Council said.

“The European Council welcomes the Agreement on the path to normalisation of relations between Kosovo* and Serbia and its Implementation Annex, reached in the EU-facilitated dialogue led by the High Representative, as an integral part of their respective European paths and calls on both parties to implement expediently and in good faith their respective obligations,” the Council said in conclusions to its meeting on Thursday.

The Basic Agreement and Implementation Annex were agreed to in talks between the European Union High Representative Josep Borrell with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti at meetings in Brussels and the North Macedonia city of Ohrid. The agreement was not signed but both sides have agreed to its implementation.

Accusations were made by officials from Pristina and Belgrade that the other side was not living up to its obligations or that it had no intention of doing so, prompting Borrell to say that they should stop accusing each other and fulfill the obligations they accepted.