Serbia and Kosovo reach an agreement – EU – RT World News

Brussels has announced it will “suspend further measures” to cancel Kosovo Serb numbers

A deal reached in Brussels on Wednesday could ease tensions between Serbia and its breakaway province of Kosovo, as the EU and the US appeared to have persuaded the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina to drop a plan to force it to change Serbian car number plates.

“We have a deal!” he tweeted EU foreign affairs commissioner Josep Borrell thanked negotiators from Belgrade and Pristina for the agreement. “Measures to prevent further escalation.” According to Borrell, Serbia will stop issuing numbers for Kosovo cities, while Kosovo “Next measures regarding the re-registration of vehicles should be suspended.”

Borrell added that this frees up Belgrade and Pristina to focus on “normalization” relations, he said that he will hold more meetings in the coming days. The EU used the term to mean Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo as an independent state — something Belgrade refused but Brussels called a precondition for formally joining the bloc.

Serbian negotiator Petar Petkovic told Belgrade’s Vecernje Novosti newspaper that the deal ends Pristina’s threats to charge local Serbs with a 150-euro fine for not having Kosovo license plates and documents.

“[Kosovo PM Albin] Kurti accepted everything he had previously rejected tonight. Petkovic said. “We managed to maintain peace and stability. Our people can sleep comfortably.” Although Serbia has agreed not to issue new plates, none have been issued for the past three years anyway, and the existing ones will remain in service.

Kosovo is a province of Serbia occupied by NATO after the 1999 bombing campaign. Its ethnic Albanian interim government declared independence in 2008 with the support of the United States. The current tension began after Kurti announced the ban on Serbian license plates at the end of July. “the rule of law” issue.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic claimed that Kurti was only interested in recognizing and condemning all negotiations by refusing to fulfill his obligations. After Tuesday’s failed talks, Borrell actually agreed with Belgrade, accusing Pristina of rejecting the EU’s offer.

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani after the deal was announced on Wednesday he thanked Jeff Hovenier, the American ambassador in Pristina, and the US government “unimportant” support and “active connection.” Kurti had delayed the implementation of the license plate rules for 48 hours on Tuesday at the request of the US representative.

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