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Kosovo And Serbian PMs Set For Second Meeting

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By Bojana Barlovac

Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic are expected to meet for a second time in Brussels following their talks with US and EU diplomacy chiefs.

The Kosovo and Serbian leaders are expected to hold a joint meeting with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on November 7 in Brussels, an EU diplomat told Balkan Insight.

Kosovo - Serbia Relations
Kosovo – Serbia Relations

Ashton’s spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic, said Ashton’s cabinet would release details of any such planned meeting soon.

If the meeting happens, it will be the second, following Dacic’s and Thaci’s historic encounter on October 19 in Brussels.

The first joint meeting came as surprise. Serbia bitterly opposes Kosovo’s independence, proclaimed in 2008, insisting that Kosovo remains a province of Serbia.

Belgrade has since boycotted meetings and summits at which Kosovo officials were represented under the name of “Kosovo”.

The meeting also prompted nationalist protests in Pristina, where 18 police officers and 10 activists from the opposition Vetevendosje movement were injured in clashes.

The Kosovo daily newspaper Express said the second meeting of Thaci and Dacic will focus on the opening of representative offices for both countries in Belgrade and Pristina.

The new meeting comes after Ashton and US Secretary General Hillary Clinton visited Belgrade and Pristina and urged both sides to continue EU-led dialogue.

The talks, aimed at normalising relations between Kosovo and Serbia, started last March. So far, the two sides have reached deals on freedom of movement, university diplomas and regional representation. However, not all the deals have been implemented.

Balkan Insight

Balkan Insight

The Balkan Insight (fornerkt the Balkin Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN) is a close group of editors and trainers that enables journalists in the region to produce in-depth analytical and investigative journalism on complex political, economic and social themes. BIRN emerged from the Balkan programme of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, IWPR, in 2005. The original IWPR Balkans team was mandated to localise that programme and make it sustainable, in light of changing realities in the region and the maturity of the IWPR intervention. Since then, its work in publishing, media training and public debate activities has become synonymous with quality, reliability and impartiality. A fully-independent and local network, it is now developing as an efficient and self-sustainable regional institution to enhance the capacity for journalism that pushes for public debate on European-oriented political and economic reform.

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