The latest round of EU-facilitated talks between the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo ended with no sign of a breakthrough in normalization of ties.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hosted the November 8 talks between Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci amid renewed tension over Pristina’s recent decision to impose tariffs on Serbian goods.
Last Monday, Kosovo imposed a 10% import tax on Serbian products, claiming it was protecting local industry and retaliating for Belgrade’s non-recognition of its former province.
At Thursday’s meeting in Brussels, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said his officials would “not show up” until Pristina withdrew the tax, noting it violated a regional, non-EU trade pact.
After the brief talks in Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Mogherini said the parties had “decided to remain in constant contact in the coming days to assess the followup of today’s meeting.”
She urged both sides “to refrain from words, actions, and measures that are contrary to the spirit of normalization,” according to a statement released by the EU’s foreign policy service.