Borrell confirms invitation to Vucic and Kurti to discuss way forward

European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Josep Borrell, confirmed the invitation he sent to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti for a meeting on August 18 in Brussels.

“I am inviting President of Serbia Vucic @predsenikrs and Prime Minister of Kosovo Kurti @albinkurti on 18 August to Brussels, to discuss the way forward between Pristina and Belgrade,” Borrell tweeted on Saturday. Borrell did not specify what topic will be discussed at the meeting. The media reported that EU Special Representative for the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, Miroslav Lajcak, will attend the meeting.

U.S. Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, indicated the topic that could be discussed.

As he raised the possibility of discussing the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities, Escobar told an online meeting with reporters that the Association “must not be a state within a state” and that it must be in line with the laws and Constitution of Kosovo.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic reacted to the remarks by saying that if the Association is conditioned to be in line with Kosovo’s laws, the dialogue will be meaningless. She said she was confident that the Association will not be treated at the August 18 meeting in Brussels.

The Kosovo Government did not give any information if the Association will be on the agenda of the meeting on August 18. Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and Chief Negotiator, Besnik Bislimi, said the Association was never discussed in Brussels and that the issue is more talked about in the media.