Following the announcements of a new round of dialogue, Djuric declares the dialogue blocked

FOTO: Koha Ditore

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic will resume the dialogue this week in Brussels, Pristina-based Koha Ditore and Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency reported tonight.

This announcement arrives in the midst of intense discussions on the legally binding agreement between Kosovo and Serbia. Vucic and Thaci have simultaneously been announcing ethnic delimitation between Serbs and Albanians, i.e. border correction, which was harshly criticized by their opposition.

The opposition and part of the Serbian public have also been strongly criticizing the fact that the Kosovo flag was hoisted at Notre Dame, where the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the allies’ victory in the First World War will take place on November 11th. It is also speculated that Vucic and Thaci will hold a meeting in Paris.

A former mediator in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Robert Cooper, wrote in an alleged confidential letter to EU leaders, which the Kosovo media published, that Vucic refused to take part in a trilateral meeting with Thaci and Mogherini. According to Cooper, this decision „brought the dialogue to a standstill“. He also recalled that this happened several times before – „in June, July and again in September“.

The latest news arrived tonight from Belgrade when the head of the Kosovo Office, Marko Djuric, accused Pristina of blocking the Brussels’s dialogue.

Djuric said, in an urgent press conference, that Serbia is demanding the immediate abolishment of today’s decision by the Kosovo government to increase the import tax on the goods imported from central Serbia by 10%.

„With this decision, Pristina has blocked the Brussels dialogue at all levels. Serbia considers the immediate abolishment of this pestilent and illegal decision as a necessary precondition for the continuation of the Brussels dialogue,“ he emphasized.

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