No dialogue between Serbia, Kosovo

Kosovo’s Minister for dialogue says Pristina will not continue in dialogue with Serbia in Brussels until previous agreements are fulfilled

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

Edita Tahiri, Kosovo’s Minister for Dialogue, announced on Thursday that there will be no further prime ministerial level meetings between Belgrade and Pristina until previous agreements are completely fulfilled.

According to the Balkan Insight, Tahiri said, “There will not be any meetings on a political level before concrete results are achieved.”

Tahiri supported her statement by saying that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini “believes that there is no reason for these meetings,” if there is going to be no progress.

Despite the fact that the two prime ministers will not get together to discuss relations, government officials will proceed with the meetings throughout May.

The meetings conducted throughout May will then determine if it is worthwhile for the two prime ministers to engage in dialogue.

“We will be having a series of meetings this month. The success of these meetings will determine the date of the next meeting on a political level,” said Tahiri.

Kosovo and Serbia came to an agreement on Integrated Border Management (IBM) to create two new border crossings, however it is only an agreement at the moment as there has been no action taken towards implementation.

In a similar case both countries agreed the hefty insurance fees requested and the fact that cars need temporary plates to cross the border made it extremely difficult to travel, and found a solution to the problem.

Yet, Tahiri claimed that “Serbia has been blocking the agreement for five months.”

If the meetings proceed as planned the IBM will further discuss the possibility of creating a new administrative crossing between Medvejie and Kamenica.

This is not the first time the dialogue process between Kosovo and Serbia has been disrupted.

Previously, Serbian representatives withdrew from the Kosovan parliament following a series of incidents, including Serb Kosovo Minister Aleksandar Jablanovic being sacked, some companies in Kosovo being slated for privatisation and claims that the coalition agreement is not being fulfilled.

However, two months later the Serbian representatives then returned to the Kosovo Parliament, ending the boycott after being assured that the coalition agreement will be respected.

The coalition agreement - which includes amendments to post-war privatizations, consideration of the formation of a semi-autonomous Association of Serbian Municipalities, and the return of Kosovo Serb refugees - was signed in December 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies