Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dialogue continues with Ashton-Taci meeting

5/22/2013 6:25:00 PM

BRUSSELS - The Belgrade-Pristina dialogue on the implementation of the agreement on normalization of relations continued Wednesday in Brussels with bilateral meetings, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton first met with Kosovo's Prime Minister Hasim Taci around 5 pm. Ashton's meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic at the headquarters of the European External Action Service is planned for 6 pm. The meeting will be followed by a joint working dinner which could last well into the night, and the talks could continue Thursday, Tanjug learned from diplomatic sources.

 On April 19, Dacic and Taci initialed an agreement which includes plans for the formation of a community of Serb municipalities in Kosovo, but the technical talks on its implementation failed to produce an agreement. Dacic and Taci came to Brussels Tuesday to try to come up with an implementation plan in talks mediated by Ashton. The dialogue continued Wednesday morning, but had to be put on hold for several hours at 1 pm while Ashton presented a report to the Council of the EU

. In the meantime, the delegations of Belgrade and Pristina made contradictory statements about the chances of reaching an agreement. Dacic did not speak to reporters directly, but sources inside the Serbian delegation told Tanjug that the situation is "extremely complex" and it is uncertain if an agreement will be reached. Taci said the dialogue was taking place in a constructive atmosphere and some progress has been made, adding he hopes the Serbian delegation will resolve its dilemmas. Photo Twitter @eu_eeas

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