EU ambassador Apostolova points out the challenges in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia

EU ambassador Apostolova points out the challenges in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia

The last phase of dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia has been accompanied by a lot of tension.

The ideas about border correction between the two countries have failed in the last meeting in Brussels between the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and the Serb president, Aleksandar Vucic.

Although a deal for the normalization of relations has been imposed as a condition for both countries to be able to integrate in the European Union, it is not yet known when the talks will resume.

The EU ambassador to Kosovo, Natalya Apostolova says that the talks between Kosovo and Serbia must enable both countries to continue their EU integration path.

“The European Union is expecting both countries to continue this process. The EU brokered talks aim at achieving a legally binding agreement for the full normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, addressing all pending issues between the two countries”, she said.

“There are difficulties in this process, but the European Union will assist these talks. Progress in the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is very important”, Apostolova said.

Kosovo’s PM, Ramush Haradinaj said on Monday that border correction may bring back the tragic past, while the talks with Serbia should lead to a mutual recognition.

Haradinaj made these comments during the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee for the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the EU and Kosovo.

PM Haradinaj said that he was interested on seeing a legally binding agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, but, according to him, this should not be achieved by changing borders.

“We’ve had a tragic past. Our wounds are still open”, PM Haradinaj said.

Kosovo is involved in a debate for border changes, following the idea suggested by the country’s president, Hashim Thaci for “border correction”. Meanwhile, the opposition and a part of the governing coalition reject this idea. /ibna/