European Union requests for dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia to resume

European Union requests for dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia to resume

Pristina, 22 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci is on an official visit to Brussels where he has met with EU senior officials.

One of the topics discussed with the EU head of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini and the President of European Parliament, Martin Schults concerned the talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, which have stagnated for more than five months.

The EU head of diplomacy said that the process of talks has had a positive impact in building peace and stability in the entire Western Balkan region.

“Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia must continue and all the countries of the region must remain committed in building sincere cooperation with each other”, said the European diplomat following the meeting with the president of the country, Hashim Thaci.

The same stance has also been expressed by the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz.

Analysts in Pristina say that this process has degraded and that the format of talks must change.

Executive director of the Balkans Policy Research Group, Naim Rashiti says that the EU has now launched consultations with the sides in order to find a solution as to how dialogue can further proceed.

According to him, all the parties of this process are to be blamed for the situation with the process of talks.

“Pristina bears one part of the blame, because it has not created a favorable climate for the dialogue, while Belgrade is misusing it and is not implementing any agreements reached in this process”, he said.

Rashiti also mentioned the Serb parallel structures in the North of Kosovo and the warnings for illegal constructions in this part of the country.

“Belgrade has also created new circumstances, such as the case with unlawful constructions in the north. This is why a decision has been taken to revise and analyze the dialogue and then create a new platform. Consultations continue and I believe that this is the reason why president Thaci is in Brussels”, Rashiti said.

Talks between Pristina and Belgrade brokered by the European Union, enabled Kosovo to sign the Stabilization and Association Agreement. Meanwhile, the Serb side benefited the launch of talks for EU accession. /