Kosovo hopes to find a compromise to trade blockade

Kosovo hopes the two sides can find a compromise to the damaging trade blockade at next week’s meeting of members of CEFTA, the Central European Free Trade Agreement.

The head of Kosovo’s dialogue delegation with Serbia, Edita Tahiri, said on Friday that she hoped the trade dispute between Kosovo and Serbia could be solved at the forthcoming meeting of CEFTA members in Pristina next week.

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been barring imports of Kosovo goods since the latter declared independence in 2008 and started stamping its goods with the words “Republic of Kosovo”.

Serbia says it will only accept goods marked by the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, as Belgrade says this remains the legitimate authority in Kosovo. Serbia considers Kosovo a part of its own territory under temporary UN administration.

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