Kosovo and Serbia reach an agreement on license plates
The chief European diplomat, Josep Borell, has stated that Kosovo and Serbia - under the mediation of the European Union - have reached an agreement on illegal Serbian license plates.
The negotiations were held in Brussels between the EU envoy for dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, and the chief negotiators of Kosovo and Serbia, Besnik Bislimi and Petar Petkovic.
Borrell says that Kosovo will end further actions related to re-registration of cars, until Serbia will no longer issue license plates with the names of Kosovo cities.
"Kosovo and Serbia have reached an agreement on measures that help avoid tensions and for full concentration on the proposal for normalization of relations between the two countries", said Borrell through a post on Twitter.
The need for maximum effort to reach an agreement on license plates was also emphasized in a meeting held on Tuesday between Kurti and the ambassadors of France and Germany in Kosovo, Olivier Guerot and Jorn Rohde, the Government of Kosovo said through a communique.
The meeting in Brussels between the chief negotiators of Kosovo and Serbia took place only two days after a meeting that resulted in no agreement between the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, regarding the issue of license plates.
The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy and Security, Josep Borrell, has put the blame especially on the Kosovo side for not reaching the agreement.
At the request of the United States, Kurti postponed for 48 hours the implementation of the second phase of the decision on the re-registration of cars with illegal Serbian license plates in the RKS - Republic of Kosovo.