Politics of Kosovo
BRUSSELS - In conclusions adopted at a Brussels summit on Friday, the European Council said Belgrade and Pristina must "pursue sustained de-escalation efforts, as well as ensure the holding of new elections in the north of Kosovo as soon as possible, with the active participation of Kosovo Serbs," and added that failure to de-escalate tensions would have consequences.
BELGRADE - Serbian Defence Minister Milos Vucevic said President Aleksandar Vucic had reiterated during meetings with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday that Pristina's PM Albin Kurti was not meeting commitments from the Brussels Agreement and that Serbia would never accept UN membership for Kosovo or recognise its southern province as independent.
"There is nothing nice and easy for us there, nor will we hear anything nice and easy within those talks. The good thing is that Serbia avoided that scenario of being the culprit, of being a disruptive factor, of wanting conflicts, because that scenario has already been prepared with the aim of not only accusing Serbia, but also punishing it," Vuevi told Happy television.
BRUSSELS - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday evening after a series of meetings with European officials in Brussels that Serbia, in line with its policy, had said clearly it wanted all agreements signed in the dialogue with Pristina implemented, from a fundamental agreement from 2013 to agreements later reached in Brussels and Ohrid.
BRUSSELS - Officials of Belgrade and Pristina are due to hold separate meetings with EU officials in Brussels on Thursday, a source in the EU told Tanjug on Tuesday.
The source said the two parties would not hold a joint high-level meeting.
Details about the place and time of the meetings are yet to be announced.
BRUSSELS - Belgrade and Pristina must continue constant efforts to de-escalate the situation, especially when it comes to the soonest possible holding of fresh elections in the north of Kosovo-Metohija with active Serb participation, say draft conclusions to be adopted at a Brussels EU summit to be held on Thursday and Friday.