Vucic: I don't think there will be much success in solving the license plate issue
The Serbian President, Aleksander Vucic, has stated that the agreement on license plates with Kosovo is unlikely to be reached before September 1.
"I don't think there will be much success in this matter. Although the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said in Brussels that it will be successful and that the Serbs will be interested in changing the license plates. Let's see, it's a process that will take time. There is no chance that this issue will be resolved before September 1", declared Vucic on Tuesday, August 30.
After the mediation of representatives of the United States and the European Union, on August 27, Kosovo and Serbia reached an agreement on the issue of identity documents. However, Pristina's decision to re-register cars using Serbian-issued license plates is expected to come into effect on September 1.
As the decision on entry-exit documents and license plates were opposed by local Serbs, who erected barricades in the north of Kosovo.
The Government of Kosovo has argued that citizens will have two months to re-register their cars with RKS-Republic of Kosovo license plates. Serbia has proposed that the Serbs in the north be equipped with KS license plates - which have a neutral status with respect to the citizenship of Kosovo - but Kurti has rejected this proposal.