Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić called his August 18 conversation with the head of the regional government of Kosovo Albin Kurti and EU representatives in Brussels extremely difficult.
“A difficult day for us, for all citizens of Serbia and our entire country. I cannot say that it was completed successfully, but I will refrain from any comments. I will continue to fight for peace and stability and I will reach out to the people over the next 48 hours.” – quotes the words of Vučić, the Serbian television and radio company RTS.
At the same time, he expressed the hope that “a compromise solution could be achieved by some miracle.”
On Thursday, the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell reported that Serbian President Vučić and Prime Minister of Kosovo Kurti failed to reach an agreement on the normalization of relations at a meeting in Brussels, the parties agreed to continue the dialogue in the coming days.
According to him, both Vucic and Kurti agree that there are no alternatives to dialogue in solving the problems of the region.
The situation in the region became more complicated after, as a sign of protest against the decision of the Kosovo local authorities to ban from August 1 the entry into the territory of the region of cars with Serbian numbers and relevant Serbian documents in the Serbian communities of the region began to block roads and build barricades. Because of this, several checkpoints on the administrative border between Serbia and Kosovo had to be temporarily closed.
Subsequently, at the call of the US and the EU, the administration of the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija postponed for a month the introduction of prohibitive measures against car owners with Serbian numbers and documents issued in Serbia. Following this incident, the rhetoric of the parties, accusing each other of malicious intent, intensified.
Earlier, the European External Action Service (EMS) warned that senior politicians from Belgrade and Pristina would be held responsible for any escalation caused by their provocative statements, which would lead to increased tension and possibly violence in the region.