Serbia and Kosovo agreed on Wednesday on measures to avoid a further escalation of tensions caused by Pristina’s request to replace Serbian license plates with Kosovo ones, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced. Kosovo will stop re-registration activities, and Serbia will stop issuing neutral plates.
“We have an agreement. I am very happy to announce that the main negotiators of Kosovo and Serbia, within the framework of talks under the auspices of the EU, have reached an agreement on measures to avoid further escalation of tensions and that they are completely focusing on the proposal for the normalization of relations,” said the Serbian negotiator in the middle of the talks Petar Petković and Kosovo Besnik Bislimi in Brussels on Twitter messages Borrell.
At talks led by the EU’s special envoy for dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina Miroslav Lajčak have agreed that Kosovo will cease activities related to re-registration of vehicles. Serbia, however, will stop issuing license plates with the markings of Kosovo cities, the Union’s senior foreign policy representative also announced.
In a statement published later, he announced that in the coming days he would invite the parties to talks on further steps within the framework of the proposal for the normalization of relations, which was presented by Lajčak in September and supported by Germany and France. “If one of the parties gets in the way, the EU mediator can stop the process,” Borrell emphasized.
“The EU will ensure that all key issues and principles related to normalization are addressed in the proposal,” he added. He emphasized that the two sides agree that past agreements reached within the dialogue must be fulfilled.
In his first reaction after the talks, Lajčak thanked the two negotiators, the US State Department and the US diplomacy for their support.
In the meantime, Kosovo negotiator Bislimi announced that after today’s agreement, “intensive talks on the basis of the EU proposal for the normalization of relations supported by Germany and France” should be continued.
The Serbian office in charge of Kosovo announced that Pristina agreed to everything it had been refusing in recent days, reports the Serbian news agency Tanjug. “The statement in the EU statement that all past agreements reached within the dialogue must be fulfilled is a great success for Serbia,” they wrote.
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