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Normalization of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia Expected by the European Union.


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The European Union’s foreign police chief called on Kosovo and Serbia to implement an agreement backed by the bloc to normalize relations between the two neighbours.

Josep Borrell’s remarks came after the two main negotiators from Belgrade and Pristina for the dialogue, Petar Beković and Psnik Biseljime, respectively, met in Brussels on Tuesday.

“Serbia and Kosovo have pledged to agree on the path of normalization and its supplement. The European Union expects that both of them will fulfill all their obligations and start implementation as soon as possible,” Borrell said on Twitter.

“The parties must avoid any escalation. The translation of their commitments into their European tracks continues,” he added.

Last week, vehicles belonging to local Serbs in northern Kosovo were set on fire, apparently because license plates were issued from Kosovo.

The police said that a person or unknown persons set fire to five parked cars belonging to Sarba.

Belgrade’s chief negotiator Petkovic told reporters on Tuesday that the two sides had reached an agreement on the declaration of missing persons.

Burrell welcomed the development.

“The agreement they reached on the text of the declaration regarding missing persons during the chief negotiators’ meeting yesterday is a first step. We will endorse it at the level of leaders at the next high-level meeting that I will hold,” he said.

Tuesday’s meeting was the first since Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti reached an agreement on how to implement the EU-backed deal at the last round of talks on March 18 in North Macedonia.

The European Union calls on Kosovo and Serbia to reach a final agreement and resolve differences to make progress in their integration into the bloc.

Most UN member states, including the US, UK, France, Germany and Turkey, have recognized Kosovo as a separate country after it declared independence from Serbia 15 years ago. But Serbia continues to consider it as its territory.

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