The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will visit Brussels on August 18

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti will travel to Brussels on August 18 at the invitation of EU foreign policy chief Josep Borel to discuss ways to ease their relations, Borel’s spokesman announced today.

“Joseph Borrell invited the two parties to Brussels. President Vucic and Prime Minister Kurti accepted his invitation and will meet the High Representative and EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajčak on August 18 to discuss the way forward in the framework of the Belgrade Pristina dialogue,” explained Peter Stano.

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The region is a hotbed of friction and tensions have risen in northern Kosovo following Pristina’s decisions to impose temporary residence permits on those entering Kosovo with Serbian identity cards and to force Kosovo Serbs to replace their vehicle number plates with Kosovo plates. .

Under pressure from Western powers and especially Washington, a major ally of Kosovo, the authorities in Pristina decided to postpone for a month, until September 1, the entry into force of the new rules on the border with Serbia.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke to the two leaders and warned them that the NATO force, KFOR, is ready to intervene “if stability is threatened” by the unrest.

Serbia and Kosovo aspire to join the EU. Serbia has candidate country status and has been negotiating its accession since 2014. Kosovo is a “potential candidate country”.

SOURCE: APE-ME

Source: Capital

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