EU: Vucic-Kurti meeting on August 18 in Brussels

Source: N1

The next round of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo at the highest political level will be held on August 18 in Brussels, European Union spokesman Peter Stano confirmed, Radio Free Europe reported.

„I can confirm that after High Representative Josep Borrell invited both parties to Brussels, President Vucic and Prime Minister Kurti accepted his invitation and they will come to Brussels on 18 August,“ said Stano is a written statement forwarded to the media, Radio Free Europe reported.

He said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti will be hosted by European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues Miroslav Lajcak to discuss “way forward in the Belgrade Pristina Dialogue.”

This will be the first meeting between Kurti and Vucic within the dialogue on the normalization of relations after a year. Their last meeting took place in Brussels in July 2021.

Only two meetings have been held at the highest political level since Kurti became Prime Minister, both in a tense atmosphere with the two sides exchanging accusations.

EU officials have said that the next meeting at the highest political level will be called once they see that both sides are ready for progress in the process.

At the beginning of the week, following tensions in Kosovo when Kosovo Serbs blocked roads leading to border crossing points with Serbia, Borrell sent an invitation to Kurti and Vucic for a meeting in Brussels.

The blockades were set up on Sunday, July 31, a day before the Kosovo Government decisions on the issuance of entry/exit documents to Serbian citizens entering Kosovo and on the re-registration of vehicles with Serbian license plates came into effect.

Following Washington’s diplomatic intervention, the Kosovo Government said it would postpone the implementation of the decisions once the roadblocks are removed.