Pristina calls for new talks with Belgrade in November

A member of the Kosovo dialogue team says the EU envoy has called for a new round of talks between Pristina and Belgrade in November, and Kosovo is willing to attend.

The next round of Kosovo-Serbia talks, on technical issues, may be held in mid-November, if the two sides accept the proposal of the European Union envoy, Robert Cooper.

Pristina’s negotiating team has already booked the first two weeks of the month for a reunion of the delegations, Dren Zeka, chief political advisor to Edita Tahiri, the head of Kosovo’s dialogue team, said.

“The EU facilitator [Cooper] hasn’t proposed a specific date but mentioned mid-November as a possible time for the meeting. We agreed on this timing, it is suitable to us, and we are ready to restart dialogue,” he said.

EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia began in March, focusing solely on technical issues, such as freedom of movement, telecommunications and energy-sharing.

During the last meeting on September 28, Serbia’s team left the negotiating table, protesting over the failure of the talks to include recent turbulence in the Serb-run northern sliver of Kosovo.

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