As Kosovo leaders react to Vucic’s position on recognition, Macron announces a meeting to create a constructive atmosphere for negotiations

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French President Emanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel intend to organize a meeting between Belgrade and Pristina in order to help „create a constructive atmosphere for negotiations.“

This was announced to President Aleksandar Vucic by Macron in this morning’s telephone conversation, it was announced from the presidency.

Presidents Vucic and Macron, among other things, discussed the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and agreed that the negotiations are necessary.

It was the initiative of Merkel and Macron that announced the renewal of the dialogue this summer. It came after 18 months of stagnation due to taxes on the import of goods from Serbia imposed by the Kosovo government.

Currently, although the dialogue is taking place at the level of expert groups, despite the announcements of regular meetings at a high political level, only two such meetings have been organized so far.

The last meeting between Vucic and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdulah Hoti, scheduled for September 28th, was canceled a few days prior to the meeting due to the appearance of the Covid-19 infection in Lajcak’s team.

On the eve of that meeting, the official announcements that the Association of Serb Municipalities, the main issue of interest to the Serbian side, would be discussed, were changed, and it was emphasized that the ASM will not be discussed at that meeting because, as Lajcak said, „one side is not ready“.

A message from Macron is coming a day after the Serbian president stated that he will not recognize Kosovo by the end of his term in 2022 which caused reactions among Kosovo officials.

First to react was Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs Meliza Haradinaj Stublla who saw the statement either as proof that Serbia will be withdrawing from the negotiations or that the EU facilitator does not expect recognition of Kosovo by Serbia.

Following this reaction, Kosovo’s Chief negotiator, PM Avdulah Hoti said that the renewed dialogue was established on “clear principles” – a final agreement on the normalization of relations and mutual recognition.

„If there is no mutual recognition, then there will be no agreement,“ Hoti’s response stated.

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