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EU’back in the driver’s seat’ as Serbia-Kosovo talks Restart

The European Union has commended the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo for restarting face conversations following talks were suspended for more than a year and a half.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Abdullah Hoti ” reveal their firm commitment to the EU-facilitated conversation among them. And I welcome this very much,” EU foreign policy leader Josep Borrell stated.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, about a decade later Belgrade sent troops to its former land to crush an uprising by ethnic Albanian separatists. Serbia will not recognize Kosovo’s statehood, and tensions have simmered ever since.

A White House meeting last month between the 2 sides with U.S. special envoy Richard Grenell failed following a war crimes indictment was issued for Kosovo President Hashim Thaci.

“I’m happy to find that the European Union is back in the driver’s seat of this procedure,” Borrell added.

The leaders of both nations met in Brussels on Thursday for the first time since November 2018.

But experts say there’s a long and bumpy road ahead before any arrangement between the wartime foes could be attained.

The resumption of dialogue has generated mixed responses back in Kosovo.