Failure to sign an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo despite the involvement of the EU

Failure to sign an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo despite

Long negotiations, but no signing of the agreement on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Belgrade and Pristina met on Saturday March 18 in North Macedonia for new discussions on the peace plan proposed by the European Union to stabilize the Balkan region. A mixed record, since Josep Borell, the head of EU diplomacy, nevertheless welcomed progress between the former enemies.

With our correspondent in Brussels, Laure Broulard

Brussels wanted Belgrade and Pristina to agree to an annex to a European peace plan unveiled last month aimed at normalizing relations between Serbia and its former province.

The text also proposes that the two camps no longer use violence to resolve their differences and that Serbia does not oppose Kosovo’s membership of an international organization.

After 12 hours of negotiations, the head of European diplomacy assured that the two parties had accepted the annex, but recognized that they had gone less far than hoped.

For the Kosovar Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, it is Belgrade who is responsible for the absence of signature, this Saturday, as during the previous negotiations in Brussels on February 27 which ended in failure.

For his part, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic put the importance of the meeting into perspective: “ It wasn’t a D-Day, just an OK day ” did he declare.

In Belgrade, thousands of people demonstrated on Friday at the call of nationalist parties to refuse an agreement which they said would amount to a ” capitulation “.

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