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Thaci: I hope dialogue with Serbia will intensify in coming period (media)

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President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said in a press conference following his meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels under the EU facilitation and the meeting with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini that the Kosovo delegation presented the position in favour of negotiations with Serbia but at the same time also expressed commitment to close the process in mutual Kosovo-Serbia recognition. He said normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia contributes to peace and stability in the whole Western Balkans region. “Yesterday’s meeting was the briefest in the last six years and the most difficult one. It was not easy talking to Vucic who thinks Kosovo is still part of Serbia. It is not easy talking to a president who believes Kosovo is still the heart of Serbia,” Thaci said adding: “Vucic’s position is far from reality.” He emphasized that Serbia needs to come to terms with Kosovo’s independence and that Kosovo’s position in the dialogue is clear. It involves formal recognition by Serbia and Kosovo’s membership in all international organisations. “I see the coming process with even greater hurdles on the part of Serbian authorities but at the same time the hope of an agreement keeps me going. I hope the coming days will be incident-free enabling the process to move in a dynamic way.”  Speaking about the European Commision’s visa liberalisation recommendation, Thaci said this was a historic achievement for Kosovo and that its citizens deserve to move freely to Europe. “I am convinced Kosovo will successfully overcome these 3-4 months until the conclusion of the process,” he underlined.

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