Merkel and Vucic Advocate for Quick Resumption of Talks Between Belgrade and Pristina

President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed (18.03) in a video conversation that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina should resume as soon as possible with the goal to reach a comprehensive agreement on the normalization of relations.

The two were scheduled to meet in Berlin, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they agreed to use modern technology for the conversation.

A joint statement said Merkel welcomed Vucic’s willingness to resume the dialogue on trade and non-customs barriers between Kosovo and Serbia under the auspices of the European Union.

According to the statement, the German Chancellor also welcomed Serbia’s readiness to implement the Brussels Agreement about integrated managing of the administrative line, and Vucic insisted on the full implementation of the agreement, which is not being pursued since November 2018.

He added that he would take all the necessary steps to successfully resume the dialogue and avoid moves that could reduce relations so as to create a constructive and open atmosphere for negotiations.

Vucic thanked Merkel for her attention and care for Serbia and the Western Balkans.

In addition to the dialogue and the issue of Pristina’s 100 percent taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia, the two discussed bilateral relations, economic ties, Serbia’s EU accession process, reforms on that road and the situation in the region.

The joined statement also said that Merkel and Vucic discussed the challenges of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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