Serbia, Kosovo leaders to meet in Brussels

Photo: Avdullah Hoti

The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks in Brussels on 12 July, European Commission spokesman said on Monday cited by news wires. Sunday’s meeting between Kosovo PM Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, which will be the first in this format since November 2018, will be hosted by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

The meeting is aimed at resuming the discussions and the work on reaching a comprehensive and legally binding agreement on the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, dealing with all outstanding issues. The upcoming meeting comes after a US effort to get the sides together has failed.

But the EU and the US have formally the same goal - resolving one of the last major standoffs in the Balkans after the 1998-1999 war and a NATO intervention to stop a bloody Serb crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists.

The EU-facilitated negotiations started in March 2011 and have produced some 30 agreements, but most of them have not been observed. Some EU Member States have not recognised Kosovo’s independence as well.

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