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The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti , are meeting today in the city of Ohrid , North Macedonia , in order to determine the road map for the implementation of the EU proposal for the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade . The meeting is being held under the auspices of the EU and will be attended by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

Today’s meeting in Ohrid will focus on finalizing the Implementation Annex of the EU proposal on the path towards the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

The European proposal was officially presented by the EU in Brussels on February 27. The proposal has been accepted by both sides.

According to the proposal, Serbia and Kosovo will mutually develop normal relations of good neighborliness on the basis of equal rights. 

Both parties will recognize each other’s state symbols and documents, including passports, diplomas, vehicle registration plates and customs stamps.

The two sides, as noted in the proposal, will be guided by the purpose and principles set out in the Charter of the United Nations, especially those on the sovereign rights of states and territorial integrity. 

Also, based on the proposal, Serbia will not oppose Kosovo’s membership in any international organization.

Aleksandar Vucic noted that a condition for the implementation of the EU proposal is the issue of the establishment of the Union of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo (mainly in the northern part of Kosovo inhabited by Serbs) agreed in 2013, but Pristina refuses to implement. The same opinion is expressed by Brussels and Washington.

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti opposes the formation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities, arguing that the agreement on Serbian municipalities is against the Constitution of Kosovo.

However, Albin Kurti has stated that the EU’s special envoy for the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue, Miroslav Lajčak, has presented him with various versions for the establishment of the Union of Serbian Municipalities, which are being considered by the Kosovo government.

The meeting is expected to end in the late afternoon and after it, Josep Borrell will make statements to the press.

Source: kathimerini

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