German Government call on Kosovo-Serbia to resume dialogue
Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel urge Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue on normalisation of relations facilitated by the European Union. German Government says that they are working on close cooperation with partners – France and United States on resumption of the dialogue as soon as possible.
Kosovo-Serbia has stalled in November last
year days after Kosovo Government introduced a 100 percent tax on all Serbian
products to counter Serbia’s aggressive campaign against Kosovo’s statehood.
After introduction of the tax Serbian side decide to halt the dialogue until
the tax is suspended. But one year after the tax has not been revoked and the
dialogue has been put at hold. In meantime Kosovo held early parliamentary
elections in October and is waiting to form new Government. But despite
post-election institutional vacuum, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci met on
Wednesday in Paris his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, in a meeting
facilitated by French president Emmanuel Macron. Thaci said after the meeting
that Kosovo is ready to resume unconditional dialogue on mutual recognition.
Also Germany urges Pristina and Belgrade
to resume talks facilitated by the European Union. “Germany fully supports
swift resumption of the dialogue facilitated by the European Union on normalisation
of relations between Serbia and Kosovo,” the German Government told Gazeta Express
in a written statement. The German Government’s Press Office says that France
and Germany closely cooperate on how to proceed after the Western Balkans
Summit held on 29 April in Berlin. Further the German Government says that they
welcome the strong support of the United States on the Balkans and confirms
that they closely cooperate with the US Government on important topics. /GazetaExpress/