Nikolic Urged to Join Kosovo at Regional Summit

The Kosovo and Montenegrin Presidents have urged Serbia’s President, Tomislav Nikolic, to attend a planned regional summit in Montenegro.Arber Vlahiu, spokesperson for Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, said that she would like to meet Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic at the summit of regional heads of states due to be held by the end of the year.

“We hope that President Nikolic will have courage to do what his predecessors didn’t – take steps toward establishing good and peaceful relations with the state of Kosovo,” Vlahiu told the Kosovo daily newspaper, Koha Ditore.

On Monday, speaking at a South East Media Forum in the town of Becic, Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic noted that the presidents of both Kosovo and Serbia would be invited to the gathering of the head of states and expressed hopes that both will attend.

Vujanovic welcomed the fact that Serbia’s new government had pledged to acknowledge the last government’s previous agreements with Kosovo.

EU-mediated Belgrade-Pristina talks started in March 2011. So far, the two sides have reached deals on the freedom of movement, regional representation and university diplomas but not all of the agreements have been implemented.

Meanwhile, Nikolic’s cabinet told the Novi Sad newspaper Dnevnik that he will decide on whether to attend the regional summit once he receives an official invitation.

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