Still Huge Gap Between Belgrade and Pristina

The European Union special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations Miroslav Lajčák said Monday’s (19.07) talks were tough due to huge differences between the two sides, but contrary to Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti, added there was “a little progress.”  

After the meeting, which Vucic described as “poor”, and Kurti said Serbia should first face the past, Lajčák told reporters the two agreed only to continue the dialogue in September. 

He added that several issues were discussed but without any other conclusion, except that the negotiators would meet once a month to prepare for the next highest-level meeting. 

“As far as the EU is concerned, it’s important to stress that the European future for both Serbia and Kosovo depends on the normalisation of their relations and that they are expected to work together to overcome the past and solve the current issues among themselves”, Lajčák said.