Serbian – Kosovo expert level two-day meeting to take place in Brussels

Serbian – Kosovo expert level two-day meeting to take place in Brussels

The Belgrade and Pristina expert teams will meet today and tomorrow in Brussels to continue working on the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

The Belgrade delegation will be led by the director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Đurić, and Pristina by the newly appointed dialogue co-ordinator, Skender Hiseni.

Brussels announced that the issues started at the first high-level physical meeting, following the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, will be discussed today at expert level.

“Kosovo and Serbia are called upon to send their experts to continue to address the issues raised during the leaders’ meeting last Thursday”, said EU spokeswoman NIbala Massrali.

The European External Action Service adds that they do not want to present the details of the plan and the agenda of the talks, as happened with the technical talks in the previous years of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels.

The director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Đurić, also said that the issue of mutual recognition would not be on the agenda, as Pristina has suggested, but rather, economic co-operation, the issue of missing and displaced persons and the obligations takes over the Pristina agreement.

“First of all, we will discuss economic co-operation, how to return to our market in Kosovo and Metohija, where Serbian products have been banned for more than 20 months”, Đurić said earlier today.

He said they would also discuss missing persons from Kosovo and Metohija, of whom there are about 1,500, and the creation of conditions for the return of the displaced.

Meeting in Brussels on July 16, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Avdullah Hoti discussed issues of missing and internally displaced persons, as well as economic relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

On this occasion, the President of Serbia announced that the experts will continue the technical talks on possible graves, the issue of the return of internally displaced persons from Kosovo and Metohija, of which there are a total of 220,000, of which 177,000 are Serbs.

Vučić then recalled the fact that only 1.9 per cent of the deported population returned to their homes in Kosovo and Metohija after the conflict, which is the lowest in the world./ibna