No agreement reached after the ninth round of talks between Pristina and Belgrade

No agreement reached after the ninth round of talks between Pristina and Belgrade

Pristina, April 18, 2013

By Tinka Kurti

European Union efforts to bring the authorities of Pristina to Belgrade closer to signing an agreement between the two countries, with the aim of normalizing the relations, have once again failed.

Both countries are obliged to reach an agreement if they want to make steps forward in their EU integration process.

The ninth round of talks was concluded on Thursday morning between the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and the Serbian Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic.

After several hours of negotiations, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton said that parties were given time to decide whether or not an agreement can be finalized.

“It was a long day. We attempted to harmonize different ideas which have been discussed in the recent months and we have demanded from the delegations of Pristina and Belgrade to examine these proposals and see if they can reach an agreement”, declared Baroness Ashton.

On his part, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci said that Serbia refused the proposals of Baroness Ashton, thus acting as an obstacle to an agreement. Moreover, he stressed that “an official letter of acceptance” will be addressed to Baroness Ashton and to the diplomats of the 27 EU countries and the USA, in order to confirm the official positioning of Kosovo.

On the other hand, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ivica Dacic said that the proposals made by Baroness Ashton consisted on 15 points. Dacic said that these proposals were unacceptable for Serbia, but according to him, it was Kosovo that prevented the agreement to be reached.

“Thaci has refused the proposal. He has attempted to exchange the issue of police with a new issue, according to which, both countries will not block each other in international organizations”, said Dacic.

According to Dacic, if Serbia accepts this, this means that it would accept the recognition of Kosovo. He said that this can never happen. Dacic also said that dialogue should continue in the days to come until parties come to a solution. /ibna/