Date set for talks between Serbia and Kosovo to resume
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
BRUSSELS - The EU-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo will resume on March 31 in Brussels, the press office of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has declared.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, will meet for the 23rd time with Serbian PM Ivica Dacic in the framework of the dialogue process facilitated by EU’s diplomacy Chief, Catherine Ashton, officials said on Wednesday.
“At the meeting, the two sides will continue their work on the implementation of the April Agreement and will also discuss future steps related to normalization of relations," Ashton’s office said in a statement.
The meeting will also be attended by Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, who is set to become the next prime minister of the country after winning Serbian general elections on March 16.
Serbian ethnic majority municipalities in the North of Kosovo remain one of the biggest problems in relations between the two neighboring countries since Kosovo declared its Independency from Serbia in 2008.
The April 2013 agreement, considered a "breakthrough" by EU leaders, facilitated the organization of elections in all parts of Kosovo.
The establishment of an association of Kosovo-Serb majority municipalities, and the integration of justice and police structures in northern Kosovo into Kosovo's legal and administrative framework, have yet to be implemented.
Serbia was rewarded with EU membership talks and Kosovo with negotiations on Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) following the agreement.
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