Serbia, Kosovo resume EU-led talks
Top EU diplomat to host leaders on Sunday to normalize relations, sign agreement
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Alexandar Vucic will visit Brussels on Sunday to resume talks, the European Commission’s chief spokesperson on foreign policy announced on Monday.
The visit will restart the “work on reaching a comprehensive and legally binding agreement on normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo,” Peter Stano explained, adding the participants are meant to negotiate on “all outstanding issues”.
It will be the first meeting of the EU-facilitated dialogue since November 2018.
But negotiations have been stalled in the past two years because of the disagreement between EU member states on possible solutions.
Two weeks ago, the leaders of Kosovo canceled their visit to Washington. The talks were also meant to resume peace talks with Serbia and possibly strike a deal with the support of US special envoy Richard Grenell after the Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office for Kosovo had filed war crime indictments against Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci.
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, with most UN member-states recognizing it as a separate autonomous country from its neighbor. Belgrade, however, maintains that it is a breakaway province and has worked to roll back recognition.