No progress on Tuesday, technical dialogue continues

BRUSSELS -- A second day of the Belgrade-Priština technical dialogue on the implementation of the agreement on normalization begins in Brussels.

(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

The main topics of Wednesday's talks will be the police and judiciary.

The dialogue will be continued at the expert level, while on Thursday, Chairman of the implementation committee Aleksandar Vulin and Advisor to the Serbian president Marko Đurić are expected to be in Brussels.

Although it lasted for five hours, Tuesday's round of talks yielded no result concerning the issues relating to telephony and electric energy.

Reporters learned this from Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajić.

"We are in the same place we were before this round," said Ljajić after a meeting with the head of Priština's team, Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri, which was mediated by Pierre Mirel, director for the Western Balkans in the European Commission Directorate General for Enlargement.

Ljajić said the dispute is over an international calling code for Kosovo and the presence of mobile network operators in northern Kosovo.

"Serbia is insisting that it be the one to apply for a calling code, which it would then allow Kosovo to use, while Priština wants Kosovo to apply for the code and Serbia not to stand in its way," said the deputy prime minister, adding that Kosovo proposed a compromise solution of a third country requesting the code, which was shot down.

"On the other hand, they are refusing to issue Telekom Srbija a license for northern Kosovo," said Ljajić, adding that Priština rejected several proposals put forward by Belgrade.

Ljajić returned to Belgrade on Tuesday night, where he will hold consultations and come up with new proposals to deliver to Mirel. Priština is expected to do the same.

"Mirel will then decide whether we need to schedule another round," said Ljajić.

He recalled that according to a previously agreed plan, these issues need to be settled by June 15.

According to unofficial sources in Brussels Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaci will meet on June 20.

Expert-level talks on electric energy supply in northern Kosovo were also held Tuesday in Brussels, but no statements were released to the media.