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EU invites Vucic and Kurti to Brussels

November 18, 2022
The European Union (EU) has invited Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to Brussels to discuss finding “a European solution” to the biggest crisis in Kosovo since 2013, said European Union (EU) spokesperson Peter Stano.
Regarding the escalating and crisis situation between Kosovo and Serbia, I can only stress that the engagement of the EU, as the facilitator of the dialogue, is ongoing, and that we expect European behavior that leads to a European solution, said Stano.
We have invited President Vucic and Prime Minister Kurti to Brussels for a high-level meeting and we hope that this meeting will take place very soon, Stano added.
Asked to comment on some Pristina media reports that an agreement on the license plates has already been reached, that is, that EU envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajcak has already sent a draft European proposal to Belgrade and Pristina, Stano said the EU does not comment on speculations which he described as counterproductive.
There is no information at this time on whether President Vucic and Prime Minister Kurti have accepted the invitation from Brussels, said N1’s European correspondent.
The second phase of the implementation of the Kosovo Government’s decision on the re-registration of vehicles is scheduled to begin on November 21, when owners of vehicles with Serbia-issued license plates will be fined 150 Euro.
Some media released on Friday the information that Belgrade and Pristina have agreed on a 10-month postponement of the decision on the re-registration of vehicles, which the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo has rebutted, stressing that no agreement on the license plates or on the return of Serbs to Kosovo institutions has been reached.
Kosovo Serb representatives withdrew on November 5 from all Kosovo’s institutions over the Kosovo Government decision on replacing Serbia-issued license plates with Kosovo plates and the suspension of Kosovo Police Region North chief Nenad Djuric.
The boycott of Kosovo institutions was briefly interrupted on Thursday when nine Serb List MPs arrived in the Kosovo Parliament unannounced and took their oaths of office. This party later said that this was a tactical move aimed at keeping the seats in the Parliament “in safe hands,” that is, at preventing “Albin Kurti’s plan and that of the Serb he sees as suitable to change the constitution and laws that guarantee the rights of the Serb people in Kosovo.”
Prior to that Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani scheduled for December 18 snap elections for the mayors of the four Serb-dominated municipalities in north Kosovo, while the Serb List said that it would boycott the elections.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/eu-invites-vucic-and-kurti-to-brussels/

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