Belgrade-Pristina talks: No agreement on telecommunications
Marko Djuric says delegations of Belgrade and Pristina failed to agree after 20 hours of talks on all issues necessary for an agreement on telecommunications.Source: Tanjug
The talks, held at expert level, took place in Brussels on Monday.
"The number of points of contention has been reduced, but our side did not allow the jeopardizing of the property of the Republic of Serbia and of those principles that, being important, could represent a precedent for future discussions on this important issue," Djuric told Tanjug.
The director of the Serbian Government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija, who headed Belgrade's delegation, also said that the Serbian side "insisted, and remained consistent to the last in protecting the interests and what has been agreed at the level of prime ministers, that should allow our citizens in Kosovo, once the agreement has been implemented, to make phone calls to other parts of the country without using a dial code, under current fees and keeping their current phone numbers."
"My special gratitude goes to the members of our delegation, in particular the management of Telekom Srbija, which has been up with us those tense, unpleasant, and difficult long hours," said Djuric.
It is expected that discussions on this topic will continue in the foreseeable future, he said, adding that the Serbian delegation "endured also insults and pressure, and remain committed to finding a compromise and a sustainable solution."
"I thank the representatives of the EU that have contributed to a number of outstanding issues getting resolved," concluded Djuric.