Belgrade, Priština discuss freedom of movement

BRUSSELS -- Head of Belgrade's negotiating team Borko Stefanović expressed expectation on Friday that issues of birth registry books and cadastre would be resolved soon.

Borko Stefanović (Tanjug, file)
Borko Stefanović (Tanjug, file)

He added that he hoped certain progress would be made in the issue of freedom of movement.

“I expect this round of talks to close at least some of the issues we discussed during our previous meetings,” Stefanović told reporters ahead of the meeting and specified that he was referring to the issues of birth registries and cadastre books “which have already been practically solved.”

One of the topics that the two teams discussed in the Friday talks referred to the freedom of movement, which also covers the issue of personal documents and license plates.

“We have certain solutions that protect Serbia's sovereignty, while at the same time enabling a normal life in the territory,” he added and assessed that basic human rights and freedoms did not exist in Kosovo, especially when it came to Serbs.

Head of Priština's negotiating team Edita Tahiri said that Serbia was the one that had not respected the freedom of movement principle ever since the war, although the country wished to become a member of the EU.

She also expressed expectation that the Friday meeting would result in an agreement regarding birth registries and cadastre books, and that it would be possible to prepare a draft agreement which both teams would then take with them for analysis.

The third round of Belgrade-Priština talks opened early on Friday by meetings of expert teams on energy and telecommunications.

EU mediator Robert Cooper presided over the meeting.

The first round of talks was held on March 8-9, while the second meeting of the two negotiating teams took place on March 28.