The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, will meet with the leaders of the main European Union countries on Thursday afternoon in Brussels, as part of Western efforts to renew the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. .
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell will meet first with Prime Minister Kurti and then with President Vucic.
The separate 30-minute meetings are expected to be held from 2 p.m., one hour before the start of the high-level meeting of EU leaders, who will discuss developments in the world, including Kosovo-Serbia tensions, for two consecutive days. , which reached a high level after last month’s events in the village of Banjské in the north of Kosovo.
There is no plan for a joint meeting with the leaders of both countries, but such a thing has not been ruled out, depending on the course of the separate meetings.
Today’s meetings take place a few days after Western envoys presented in Pristina and Belgrade a plan for the implementation of the agreement reached earlier this year in Brussels and Ohrid.
European officials said that part of the discussions in Brussels will also be “a contemporary European proposal for the statute of the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority”, which is also the most difficult point of the Kosovo-Serbia negotiation process.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo, Glauk Konjufca, said on Wednesday that the proposal of Western diplomats for the creation of the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority, which has been submitted to the government of Kosovo, “is fully in accordance with the Constitution of Kosovo” and does not create a level of third power.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said before leaving for Brussels that Prishtina is not ready to establish the Association, while underlining that “Serbia’s position has become even more difficult after the attack in Banjska by Zvecan against the Kosovo police”.
The course of the meetings can also be reflected in the debates during the high-level meeting of the leaders of the 27 EU member states who are expected to approve the conclusions in which the parties will be required to fulfill all obligations from the agreements “without delay and without preconditions”.
In the preliminary text of the conclusions, “deep concern is expressed” about the security situation in the north of Kosovo, the September 24 attack on the Kosovo police is condemned and Serbia is requested to cooperate in the investigation and clarification of the events. The conclusions will be discussed during the meeting of the leaders of the bloc in search of a consensus on the language of the text.