Kosovo ready to resume dialogue with Serbia

Albin Kuri

Kosovo’s acting PM Albin Kuri assured a EU special envoy on Wednesday of his commitment to resume dialogue with neighbouring Serbia in order to turn the page of hostilities and start  normalising ties, news wires reported. In a letter Miroslav Lajcak he also pinted out that any final agreement should be guaranteed by the EU and the US.

According to Kurti, a deal should be accompanied by a “political, economic and financial package” to “accelerate the convergence of the two countries’ standards of living and their integration into the EU.” But at the same time he warned that “under no circumstances or situation will issues of mutual sovereignty, territorial integrity and internal affairs be discussed.”

Last week Kosovo lifted a 100% tariff on imports from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a sign of good will to resume the dialogue. The tariffs were imposed in November 2018 over Serbian efforts to block Kosovo from joining international organisations. The dispute led to the suspension of the EU-mediated talks to normalise relations between Pristina and Belgrade.

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