Pristina, 23 June 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The high level talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is expected to continue today in Brussels.
In this round of talks, Kosovo’s delegation is led by PM Isa Mustafa, while the Serb delegation by PM Aleksandar Vucic.
Today’s meeting is expected to be the most important one following the 19 April 2013 one, where Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic, who were the then prime ministers of the two countries, signed the Brussels’ agreement, which was considered as a historical one.
Thanks to this agreement, for more than two years, Kosovo and Serbia have held talks in order to struck new deals, based on the April 19 agreement.
Today’s agreement in Brussels is expected to be very important, because both the European Union and the United States of America, are expecting from Kosovo and Serbia to sign some of the agreements that give way to cooperation between the two neighboring countries and which help the Euro Atlantic perspective of the entire region.
European Parliament rapporteur on Serbia, David McCallister says that the June 23 talks between Kosovo and Serbia will be decisive and crucial for the normalization of relations between the two countries.
“In order to open the first chapter for this year, both sides must show progress and this round of talks in Brussels will be crucial for the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade”, McCallister.
He underlined that an agreement for the north of Kosovo would be an important progress and an agreement which according to him must then be implemented.
“Belgrade and Pristina must make extra steps for the normalization of relations in order to show their commitment and credibility”, he said.
The topics expected to be agreed by Mustafa and Vucic in Brussels relate to telecommunication, energy, free movement, the removal of the barricade over Iber river, the dismantling of parallel structures in the north and the foundation of the Association of Serb Communes.
Pristina and Belgrade are holding talks for the past two years. On April 19, 2014, an agreement was reached for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, but since then, many agreements have not been implemented.
Analyst Fisnik Korenica from the Institute for Legal and Political Studies says that the government of Kosovo must review the entire Brussels’ agreement, as a prerequisite and decide to continue talks with Serbia or not.
“The assessment of the implementation of the topics of the agreements that have been reached is a necessity to measure the impact that dialogue between the two countries has had in normalizing relations between them, because without this, the government of Kosovo would enter a process which is against the interests of the country”, Fisnik Korenica says. /ibna/