CEFTA meeting cut short after Serbia referred to Kosovo as UNMIK

The meeting of the CEFTA Committee was cut short yesterday in Pristina after the Kosovo and Albanian delegation walked out when the Serbian representative insisted the meeting be chaired by the UNMIK representative. 

Reportedly, the Serbian representative also referred to Kosovo institutions as “provisional” and “UNMIK.” 

Kosovo’s Minister of Trade and Industry Endrit Shala told Radio Free Europe that he was not personally present at the meeting but had previously advised his staff not to allow Kosovo being treated any other way than its constitutional designation. 

Shala said the representatives from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina did not attend previous days’ events as part of the CEFTA Week and only came for the Thursday meeting. 

Serbian government issued a statement accusing the delegations of Kosovo and Albania of sabotaging efforts to resolve problems through peaceful ways.