An EU spokesperson said on Wednesday that the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will continue negotiations in Brussels under the auspices of the EU to find a solution to one of the most difficult territorial conflicts in Europe.
“The main purpose is to discuss how to proceed, because we have a new partner in Kosovo,” said Peter Stano, the EU diplomatic spokesperson.
This will be the first meeting since Albin Kurti’s historic victory in the Kosovo parliamentary elections in February. The Prime Minister, a member of the left-wing reform movement for self-determination (Vetevendosje-VV), announced a new method of negotiation with Serbian President Alexander Vucic.
The relationship between the two neighboring countries on the Balkan Peninsula remains complicated after more than 20 years of war. The last time the leaders of the two countries met was held via video link in July 2020.
Belgrade refused to recognize the independence of the former province declared in 2008, which was nearly a decade after the end of the NATO bombing war, which prompted the withdrawal of the Serbian army.
After the leadership changes in Kosovo, the European Union and the United States put pressure on both sides to resume negotiations.
But the dialogue initiated by the EU over the past decade has stalled. After a war that killed 13,000 people (mainly Albanians), negotiations should normalize relations.
Peter Stano said: “We hope that the two countries will participate in dialogue in the future, respect all previous agreements, and show preparation and commitment in order to reach a final global agreement on the normalization of relations.”
Belgrade and Pristina want to join the European Union.
Kosovo’s independence has been recognized by more than 100 countries, including the United States. After NATO forced Serbia to withdraw its troops, the United States has maintained a strong influence in Kosovo.
However, Serbia still considers this territory as its southern province and is supported by Russia and China.