Free movement and telephone country code, topics of discussions in Brussels

Free movement and telephone country code, topics of discussions in Brussels

Pristina, 13 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Talks will continue today and tomorrow in Brussels for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

Minister for Dialogue, Edita Tahiri says that the agenda of these meetings will include the issue of free movement and that of the country code for Kosovo.

“The agreement on reciprocity for motor vehicle registration plates between the two countries was achieved last week, while in this meeting, the focus will be on the removal of illegal signs in the northern communes of Kosovo.

Meanwhile, in the meeting on the telephone country code, we will discuss the lifting of the blockade that Serbia is making to the implementation of the agreement on the telecom, namely, the country code for the Republic of Kosovo”, she said.

Meanwhile, analysts in Pristina say that in spite of the obstacles of this process, dialogue and normalization of relations between the two countries is necessary.

American analyst, Daniel Serwer told IBNA that the talks between Pristina and Belgrade must be intensified until all pending issues between the two countries are addressed.

“I think that dialogue has been partially successful. So far, many issues have been solved. There’s a chance that Serbia may recognize Kosovo as an equal and sovereign partner through this process”, Serwer says.

The same opinion is also shared by analyst from Kosovo, Vilhard Shala. He says that the continuation of dialogue will speed up Kosovo’s and Serbia’s accession in European and Atlantic structures.

“The principle of good neighboring relations is necessary for accession in the NATO and EU, but also in other international organizations. In this aspect, Kosovo and Serbia must intensify cooperation in all domains. This, first of all, would have a positive impact in the life of the citizens of both countries”, he says. /