Progress made on integrated border control
01. December 2011. | 08:05 08:16
Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug, Beta
EU Council officials said "good progress" has been made on "integrated management" of administrative checkpoints, that is, the border.The officials also said the meeting will continue in the morning on Dec. 1.
A meeting of the eighth round of the Belgrade-Pristina dialog ended in Brussels in the evening on Nov. 30.
EU Council officials said "good progress" has been made on "integrated management" of administrative checkpoints, that is, the border.
The officials also said the meeting will continue in the morning on Dec. 1.
According to initial agenda, the meeting is to discuss the situation at the administrative checkpoints in Kosovo's north and regional representation of Pristina.
Prior to the beginning of the eighth round of talks in Brussels, Belgrade's lead negotiator in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Borislav Stefanovic has said that his delegation will do everything it can to reach an agreement with Pristina about two outstanding issues in the new round of talks in Brussels Wednesday.
"We have a long day ahead of us, but we will do everything we can to overcome the huge differences that we have," Stefanovic said ahead of the beginning of the new round of talks. The two delegations should Wednesday discuss the representation of Kosovo at regional meetings and the administrative checkpoints issues.
When it comes to representing Pristina at regional meetings, he said he was optimistic that an agreement might be reached, with the respect for the sovereignty and integrity of Serbia and UN Security Council UN 1244.
Asked whether and how the outcome of Wednesday's talks would influence EU's decision on granting Serbia the membership candidacy status, Stefanovic said the dialog would continue whatever may happen to Serbia's candidacy status.
Head of the Pristina team in the talks with Belgrade Edita Tahiri stated ahead of the beginning of a new round of talks with Belgrade that any agreement, which may be reached on Wednesday, should reflect Kosovo's sovereignty and independence.
The new round of talks, which is to table Kosovo's regional representation and the issue of administrative crossings, kicked off in Brussels on Wednesday morning.
Tahiri said that it will be difficult to reach agreements on these issues, and added that when it comes to Kosovo's regional representation Serbia still insists that Kosovo representatives should be accompanied by UNMIK representatives.
However, according to Tahiri, UNMIK is an outdated institution. In terms of the administrative crossings, Tahiri said that her delegation will insist on integrated management.This is, according to her, a European model which is in line with the Lisbon Treaty.
Tahiri also said that Serbia is not implementing the agreements which have been reached so far, and added that Head of the Belgrade negotiating team in the talks with Pristina Borko Stefanovic is interpreting these agreements in a political manner.