Serbia and Kosovo fail to reach agreement amid rising tensions

Serbia and Kosovo fail to reach agreement amid rising tensions
Serbia and Kosovo fail to reach agreement amid rising tensions. Image: ffikretow/

EU fails to defuse the tense situation after the representatives from both countries meet in Brussels 

The European Union has failed to resolve the dispute between Serbia and Kosovo after top diplomats in Brussels held an eight-hour long meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. According to a report by the Washington Post, the meeting took place on Monday, November 21, amid rising tensions between the two nations.  

The meeting was organized by Josep Borrell, EU’s high representative who in a statement said,” Both leaders had the responsibility to urgently de-escalate, but that both parties had shown unconstructive behavior and a lack of respect for their international legal obligations”, the report said.    

He further added, “This goes in particular for Kosovo and sends a very negative political signal”.  

The recent incidents of tensions started after Kosovo´s government decided to ban car license plates issued by Serbian authorities. According to the ban, cars owned by over 6,300 ethnic Serbs will be deemed illegal in Kosovo. They will then be fined two months later, the report said.  

Serbia had also previously imposed a ban on Kosova license plates in the country, the report adds.

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