The leaders of Kosovo and Serbia met in Ohrid, North Macedonia, through the European Union.
During the 12-hour meeting, in which the High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell also took part, an agreement was reached on the plan for the normalization of relations between the two countries.
“The two countries have committed to fulfill their obligations”
Borrell used the following statements about the deal:
“I can declare that Kosovo and Serbia have reached an agreement on the normalization of relations. Both parties have committed to abide by all the articles of the agreement and fulfill all their obligations.”
“The discussion was constructive, we kind of reached an agreement”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated that the talks were constructive and said, “We have reached some kind of agreement.”
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti also stated that a text that will guide the implementation of the basic agreement has been agreed upon. He stated that it is the duty of the European Union for Serbia to sign the agreement.
Serbia does not recognize Kosovo, which declared its independence unilaterally in 2008. Tensions escalated between the two sides in December over the Kosovo government’s legislation providing local Serbs with official identification, driver’s licenses and license plates, and the detention of a former Serbian police officer.