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Kocijancic: Tariff has blocked dialogue and Kosovo’s European integration (Koha)

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European Union foreign policy spokesperson Maja Kocijancic told Koha that Pristina and Belgrade need to immediately return to the table of talks and reach a comprehensive and legally binding agreement on full normalisation of relations.

“This would be the best way to guarantee the whole region benefits from this reconciliation and means benefiting from regional integration and economic development in the region,” Kocijancic said in a reply provided to Koha.net.

She also said that the EU member states, including the U.S., once again call on the government of Kosovo to suspend tariff on Serbian goods. “There is no alternative to the speedy resumption of dialogue between the parties. The tax is not only a reason behind the dialogue being blocked but also a reason for Kosovo’s European path being blocked,” she said.

Kocijancic added that Serbia also needs to do its part to pave way for a favourable dialogue. “The conclusion of the process of normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is urgent because the current situation not only incites unsustainability but also means missing out on an opportunity,” Kocijancic said recalling the words of the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini.

On the question regarding Mogherini’s position on the Paris summit, Kocijancic said the last meeting in Berlin and the upcoming in Paris could present good opportunities for the region. “We welcome any effort, especially in support of the EU-facilitated dialogue. Through the EU-facilitated dialogue, Belgrade and Pristina have decided to put aside their disagreements and seek a sustainable solution,” she said.

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