No deal with Kosovo, sleepless nights ahead, says Serbian president
Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo have risen since ethnic Serbs in Kosovo withdrew from all central and local institutions in protest over Pristina’s decision to replace old car license plates issued by Serbian authorities with those from Kosovo.
He accused Kosovo of refusing to "accept anything," adding "they always added something that was clearly not possible."
The Serbian president is expected to address the nation Monday night regarding the meeting.
But Belgrade continues to regard it as its territory.
Pristina said it will start issuing fines this month to Serb drivers using old pre-independence plates and will confiscate vehicles with outdated registration numbers after April 21, 2023.
For his part, Borrell said Vucic had accepted a proposal presented by European negotiators to him and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who had rejected the compromise. The deal could have avoided a risky situation in the north of Kosovo, Borrell added.
He added that this would allow the parties space and time to look for a sustainable solution.
The bloc's spokesperson, Peter Stano, also criticized the Kosovar side, saying that not agreeing to the proposed deal sent a very negative signal.
"I will inform European Union member states, foreign ministers, and our partners about the unconstructive behavior of parties and complete lack of respect for their international legal obligations, and this goes in particular for Kosovo," said Stano.
''We are disappointed that it was not possible to solve the license plate dispute. Now is the time for responsibility and pragmatic solutions. Escalation must be avoided,'' said Stoltenberg on social media.
"This is unacceptable for us unless the negotiations are accompanied by an urgent commitment to the final agreement for the complete normalization of relations, which is why we were invited here. The deadline for the proposal brought by (EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav) Lajcak was March 2023. We are coming here to Brussels to agree on a new journey before March 2023. Unfortunately, the mediator, Borrell, in this case, has abandoned the March 2023 deadline and the EU proposal to normalize Kosovo-Serbia relations,'' said Kurti.