Serbia, Kosovo leaders in EU-backed talks to normalize ties

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (left) and Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti (right) meet with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell (second left) in Brussels, on February 27. [AP]

The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo meet in Brussels on Tuesday to continue talks on the implementation of a European Union-backed 11-point plan to normalize ties between the two, but tensions continue to simmer.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will convene the high-level meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. They are expected to endorse a declaration on missing persons and also discuss the first draft statute on the creation of an association of Serb majority municipalities in Kosovo - two delicate issues for the former war foes.

The meeting follows one in February when both leaders gave tacit approval to the EU-sponsored plan to end months of political crises, and a March summit in North Macedonia where Belgrade and Pristina tentatively agreed on how to implement the plan.

Miroslav Lajcak, Borrell's envoy...

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