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Germany to be more involved in Kosovo negotiations – source (BETA, Danas)

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Germany is becoming more involved in the negotiations on Kosovo and is requesting that the EU appoint “a powerful envoy with powerful authority” in the fall, BETA learned from well-informed sources in Brussels on March 28.

Berlin is decisively against the changing of borders but would be in favor of a solution where the north of Kosovo would have broad authority and Mitrovica North, for example, a status of “free city,” like Brcko in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within the lasting agreement, according to Germany’s stance, the north of Kosovo would have greater authority than envisaged in the structure of the Community of Serb Municipalities, but within the Constitution of Kosovo.

In Berlin, but also in Paris, it is believed that the current EU mediator in the dialogue, Federica Mogherini, and her team, have lost the impulse and had no strength, nor new ideas for drawing Belgrade and, especially, Pristina, to the talks “in good faith.”

This particularly refers to the EU’s powerlessness to force the retraction of Pristina’s decision to impose 100-percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia, and on the forming of the Kosovo army.

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