Vor allem ging es um technische Dinge, aber ein erstes Meeting ist auch was
Serbian, Kosovo prime ministers have rare talks, to meet again
October 19, 2012
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo met on
Friday for the first time since the breakaway province gained
independence, in hopes of thawing relations and opening the way for
progress in their respective bids for European Union membership.
The EU wants Serbia and Kosovo to cooperate better on
issues such as security and trade even though Belgrade refuses to
recognize the sovereignty of its former ethnic Albanian majority
province, which declared independence in 2008.
talks on cooperation, mediated by the EU, have been slow to show
sufficient results, costing Serbia an opportunity to start accession
negotiations with the 27-nation bloc this year.
foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after hosting Kosovo Prime
Minister Hashim Thaci and Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic for more than
an hour in Brussels on Friday that the talks were held in a
"We agreed to continue
the dialogue for the normalization of relations between the two sides
and both committed to working together," she said in a statement. "We
will meet again soon."
There was no immediate comment from Thaci or Dacic.
The meeting marked the first official talks between a
serving Serbian government leader and his Kosovo opposite. Earlier this
year former Serbian president Boris Tadic briefly met Thaci at the
sidelines of a forum in Croatia.
Thaci is still
sought by Serbian police over alleged war crimes related to the 1998-99
Kosovo conflict in which he commanded ethnic Albanian rebels.
For his part, Dacic served as spokesman for the late
strongman Slobodan Milosevic, who led Serbia during the bloody 1990s
break-up of the former federal Yugoslavia, and is unapologetic for his
party's central role in that conflict.
Dacic and Thaci discussed ways to restart an EU-brokered dialogue to
normalize their relations and what can be done to speed up the process.
nice theater for Catherine Ashton