Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Implementation talks to resume in Brussels Wednesday

6/4/2013 5:43:00 PM

BRUSSELS - A new round of technical talks between Belgrade and Pristina on the implementation of the agreement on normalization of relations will begin in Brussels on Wednesday, with the focus on police, the judiciary, energy and telecommunications.

Belgrade's delegation will be headed by advisor to the Serbian president Marko Djuric and coordinator of the agreement implementation team Aleksandar Vulin, while future liaison office in Pristina Dejan Pavicevic will lead the expert team in charge of telecommunications. Pristina's delegation includes Kosovo's deputy prime ministers Edita Tahiri and Hajredin Kuci, as well as experts for the individual areas under discussion, while the European Commission will be represented by Fernando Gentilini, director for the Western Balkans at the European External Action Service. 

 The previous round of technical talks took place on May 30 and 31, and according to the heads of both delegations, brought some progress but no final agreement on many important issues. According to statements from Serbian officials, the reason were Pristina's attempts to impose solutions which go beyond the scope of the agreement on normalization of relations reached April 19 in Brussels. One of the main problems is that Pristina is demanding that members of security services and judicial bodies in northern Kosovo be terminated immediately, after which they could individually apply for job postings published by the Kosovo government, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic recently explained. The agreement calls for direct integration of these structures into the security and judicial system, without the dismantlement of old and formation of new structures. 

 When it comes to telecommunications, Tanjug has learned from sources close to the Serbian team that the two sides have agreed in principle that Kosovo will get an international calling code (383 or 384), but not whether the code will be registered separately as Pristina is demanding, or as one of the calling codes for Serbia, as Belgrade is insisting. There is also a dispute over cell phone providers for the territory of the community of Serb municipalities, but one of the few issues that have been resolved is an exchange of liaison officers between Belgrade and Pristina which will take place June 17. Photo Tanjug video, D. Pavlovic

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