This will be the first meeting between the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti and the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic. The negotiation process, which resumed in July last year, was again suspended due to the elections in Kosovo. The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, has stressed several times that talks are not a priority of his government, but they are not avoided.
Serbia continues to oppose Kosovo’s independence, declared on February 17, 2008, with the support of the United States and key European Union countries, and has vowed not to recognize it, seeking a compromise solution, while Kosovo considers its independence non-negotiable.
Prime Minister Kurti said last week that the meeting to be held in Brussels “is the first meeting and there we can see what the next chapter of the dialogue may be – it is not a continuation of the previous dialogue”.
Serbia demands that Kosovo establish the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities and reacted angrily to Prime Minister Kurti’s statements that “there will be no ethnic association”.
“What will happen to the association, was said by the citizens’ petition and the opposition actions at that time, and the verdict of the Constitutional Court was the same. “In Kosovo we can not have a one-ethnic Association, so it is necessary to integrate all citizens regardless of ethnicity, not to create buildings that divide and divide them,” said Prime Minister Kurti.
The Serbian president said that if Mr. Kurti “does not want to talk about the Association of Serbian Municipalities, but for us to recognize Kosovo, then he does not have to come (to Brussels)”.
Western diplomats are trying to speed up the negotiation process in hopes of reaching an agreement before next year when Serbia holds parliamentary and presidential elections, which would lead to a new suspension of the process started ten years ago by both. countries aspiring to European integration. But few observers believe in such a possibility.
Last week, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Matthew Palmer and European Union Special Envoy for Kosovo-Serbia Talks Miroslav Lajcak stayed in Pristina and Belgrade as part of preparations for the resumption of talks between the parties.
The two diplomats reiterated that the path of European integration of Kosovo and Serbia depends on the normalization of relations between them, while Mr. Palmer said that for the United States the main goal is mutual recognition.
Warnings of the resumption of talks were followed by debates over some informal documents on resolving outstanding issues in the Western Balkans, including ideas for border changes, which have been opposed by the European Union and the United States.