New round of Kosovo dialogue on April 21

A new round of the EU-sponsored Kosovo talks will be held on April 21, a spokesperson for EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said.

Source: B92, Tanjug

A statement on Friday said that the meeting will consider the progress made in implementing the agreements reached so far, and see participants "exchange opinions on the further course of normalization of relations."

Mogherini will mediate during the next high level Belgrade-Pristina meeting, spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said in a statement.

It has also been announced that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa will take part.

The previous round was held on February 9 when an agreement on the judiciary was initialed.

A preparatory meeting ahead of the new round was held in Brussels on Thursday, attended by the head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Djuric.

He told reporters after the meeting that he had informed it about the desire of the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija to form a community of Serb municipalities (ZSO) as soon as possible.

“It is a great wish of citizens of Serb nationality that this be resolved as soon as possible,” Djuric told reporters after conferring with Mogherini's associates.

During the meeting, he "made it clear that Belgrade is very concerned, as are the Serb people in Kosovo, because of the deteriorating security situation and the series of serious incidents in northern Kosovo."

Djuric told EU officials that Pristina is seriously lagging behind the schedule for meeting the obligations arising from the Brussels agreement.

“Not only is there a delay in the set-up of the ZSO, but there is also a postponement in decisions concerning the energy sector, Telekom and air transport,” he said.

Djuric announced that the Serbian government will soon prepare "a comprehensive report" about the normalization process so far, "meant above all for the citizens of Serbia."

"It is our goal that what has been done so far is transparent, rather than be according to the (saying), 'what is agreed in Brussels, stays in Brussels'," the Serbian official said.


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