Kosovo, Serbian government reach to understanding
(MENAFN) As it appeared, the European Union and the United Staes were successful in convincing the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina to abandon its plan to force changes to Serbian license plates. An agreement reached in Brussels on Wednesday may help to reduce tensions between Serbia and its breakaway province of Kosovo.
Josep Borrell, the European Union's high representative for foreign policy, announced via Twitter that " measures to avoid further escalation" had been reached. Borrell claims that while Kosovo is going to "cease further actions related to re-registration of vehicles," Serbia is no longer going to issue license plates for Kosovo cities.
Borrell noted that this frees up Pristina and Belgrade to concentrate on "normalizing" their relationships and that further meetings would take place soon. The European Union has interpreted the phrase to suggest that Serbia must formally recognize Kosovo as an independent state, a demand Belgrade has made clear it would not abide with.
Serbian negotiator Petar Petkovic told the Vecernje Novosti newspaper in Belgrade that the agreement puts an end to Pristina's threats to fine local Serbs 150 euros for driving without Kosovo license plates and other identification.
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