Palokaj: Agreement is expected to avoid escalation in the north on September 1

The correspondent of KOHA in Brussels, Augustin Palokaj, said that in the meeting on August 18 in Brussels between the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti and the Serbian President, Aleksandër Vucic, an agreement is expected to be reached on security in the north of the country.

He said that the parties are expected to agree to avoid the escalation of the situation on September 1, when the decision of the Government of Kosovo on reciprocity for the citizens of Serbia comes into force. It is about issuing temporary documents at the entrance to Kosovo, the same as Serbia does with citizens of Kosovo when they entered Serbia.

Palokaj in KTV's Interactive said that the framework of the comprehensive agreement will also be discussed.

"According to Kurt, Escobar and Lajçak, the mood seems positive and the expectations are that tomorrow there will be at least an agreement to avoid the escalation of the situation in the north on September 1 when Kosovo starts the measure of reciprocity. Escobar reiterated US positions that a solution must be found. Lajcak said that Kurti and Vucic are leaders with a strong mandate and have responsibilities. Even Kurti was optimistic that a solution can be found".

"The parties warned that tomorrow the framework of a comprehensive agreement between Kosovo and Serbia for the normalization of relations will be discussed," he said.

According to Palokaj, Thursday's meeting has two goals, the reduction of tensions between the two states and, on the other hand, the comprehensive agreement.

"The meeting has two goals, the priority is to reduce tensions and avoid tensions at the beginning of September. But, even before the tensions happened, the EU had planned a high-level meeting to give new dynamics to the dialogue, because the dialogue for two years has not produced anything. Be now insists that there be space for regular meetings between Kurti and Vučić and to start negotiations for a comprehensive agreement".

Palokaj emphasized that the international community is concerned about the situation in the region and has an interest in reducing tensions.

"In any case, there is an increased concern because the situation in the Western Balkans is calm, but as they say in NATO, it is fragile. Given the war in Ukraine, Russia's efforts to influence the regions, concern is growing. There is an interest from the EU and NATO to reduce tensions and that this part, which is surrounded by NATO countries, does not have an escalation of the situation", said Palokaj.

Kurti and Vučić will be received by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, and by the EU Special Representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajčak.