The fresh round of talks between Kosovo and Serbia without any new agreement

The fresh round of talks between Kosovo and Serbia without any new agreement

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, April 22, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The meeting taken place in Brussels between the prime minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa and the prime minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic with the brokerage of the EU head of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, ended without any new agreement.

The EU head of diplomacy, Mogherini informed that the meeting discussed several pending issues between the two countries.

Mogherini

“I presided a new meeting of the high level dialogue for the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina with PM Aleksandar Vucic and PM Isa Mustafa today in Brussels. In this meeting, the two sides reviewed the general progress that has been made for the implementation of the agreements reached during the dialogue, especially the implementation of the agreement on the justice system and the start of the implementation of agreements for civil protection”.

According to the European diplomat, the sides exchanged their viewpoints on issues that relate to the energy, country’s telephone code and the creation of the Association of Serb Communes. “At this point, they agreed on concrete steps that will be taken until the next meeting”, said Mogherini in her press release issued after the meeting.

After the meeting, Kosovo’s PM, Isa Mustafa said that the sides agreed on the agenda of topics which will be discussed in the future.

“We’re working in order for the institutions of Kosovo to be present in the northern part of the country. A solution must be found on the country telephone code, movements on Iber river and energy. All of these solutions must serve citizens of all ethnicities and the bridge must link us to the European family”, said Mustafa after the meeting.

Mustafa also said that representatives of the Serbs of the north will be involved in the process of privatization.

“This is their desire and we will enable this in compliance with the laws of Kosovo”, Mustafa said.

Meanwhile, Serbia’s PM, Aleksandar Vucic said that the talks have been “positive”, while saying that the next meeting will be held in May.

Vucic said that a concrete step will consist on opening two new border crossing points between Kosovo and Serbia.

“One of these crossing points will be near Rashka, while the other in the commune of Medvegja”, said Vucic, adding that one of the border crossing point was demanded by Belgrade and the other by Pristina.

He said that it was agreed for privatization of enterprises in the north to be stopped “as part of the talks for the return of Serb MPs in the Parliament of Kosovo”.

As far as energy is concerned, Vucic said that Kosovo’s authorities have admitted that the majority part of the lake of Gazivoda is on the territory of central Serbia.

The next meeting between the two negotiation sides in Brussels is expected to be held next month. /ibna/