Pavićević: No barrier gates at administrative line

The administrative crossings into Kosovo will remain unchanged and there will be no barrier gates, state symbols or changes to the existing crossing regime.

Source: Tanjug

This is according to the Serbian government's liaison officer in Priština Dejan Pavićević, who spoke in Brussels late on Thursday.

"Priština's claims that some kind of border crossings will be built are simply not true," Pavićević told reporters following another round of the technical dialogue on integrated control of the administrative line, held under the auspices of the EU.

The agreement reached with the Priština delegation at the meeting includes additional lanes and booths, but not construction of permanent facilities at the six crossings into Kosovo, Pavićević explained.

"They proposed some kind of walls and barrier gates for the crossings, which was not accepted," Pavićević noted, adding that plans for arranging the crossings were initialed.

The head of the Priština delegation Edita Tahiri said earlier on Thursday that an agreement was signed on construction of permanent border control facilities at the six checkpoints towards Kosovo, but Pavićević dismissed the claims as manipulation.

"As before, the people will be crossing the administrative line with identity cards, and what is changing is that it will be easier for them to access the checkpoints and get through them," he said.

The project will be run by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), whereby the UN will make a return to the process of the dialogue on the normalization of Belgrade-Priština ties, Pavićević said.

He particularly thanked the members of Belgrade's negotiation team, which included people from several relevant ministries and agencies.

Belgrade's delegation, joined late on Thursday by the head of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić, will remain in Brussels on Friday to discuss with EU officials Chapter 35 of Serbia's accession talks, which is related to Kosovo.

The EU foreign policy and security spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said that technical work on implementing the agreement on integrated management of the crossings resumed in Brussels on Thursday as part of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue, and that the two sides agreed on the layout of the crossings.


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