Reciprocity a key theme in Belgrade-P...

Reciprocity a key theme in Belgrade-Pristina talks

There are 3 comments on the SETimes news story from Jul 4, 2011, titled Reciprocity a key theme in Belgrade-Pristina talks. In it, SETimes news reports that:

Discussions with Belgrade could yield agreements on free movement and trade, says delegation head Edita Tahiri.

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Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#1 Jul 4, 2011
Reciprocity a key theme in Belgrade-Pristina talks


Discussions with Belgrade could yield agreements on free movement and trade, says delegation head Edita Tahiri.

By Blerta Foniqi Kabashi for Southeast European Times in Pristina – 04/07/11

An agreement may be close on the free movement of people and goods.[Reuters]

Talks between Kosovo and Serbia, aimed at improving the quality of life for Serbs in northern Kosovo, began back in March with the EU serving as mediator.

The head of Pristina's delegation, Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri discussed the dialogue recently with SETimes contributor Blerta Foniqi-Kabashi.

SETimes: So far, there are no concrete results in the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade. Is it realistic to expect any agreement in the near future?

Edita Tahiri: We are very close to agreement on some issues ... the issue of free movement and establishing reciprocity in free trade. There was an asymmetry in trade relations, where Serbia has managed to export here, but Kosovo has not managed to export to Serbia.

We also have opened the topic of recognition of diplomas and university education and cultural heritage issues, damages from war (requests for repairs and compensation), the return of archaeological artifacts, ethnological and documentation. Also, we've opened the issue of missing persons in order to [determine] the fate of all.

Part of the discussion also deals with regional co-operation and removing obstacles.

Our goal as a government to use constructive engagement in dialogue to contribute to a good neighbour policy and regional co-operation, which are the basic criteria of Copenhagen. In achieving these criteria we meet European standards.

The sides are wrangling over electricity supplies and fees.[Reuters]

SETimes: What does the agreement on freedom of movement foresee? Is Serbia willing to accept car plates and Kosovo issued documents?

Tahiri: So far, Serbian citizens and their vehicles have been able to come freely in Kosovo, but our citizens could not travel or drive in Serbia. So according to the [proposed] agreement, each principle [will be reciprocal].

We are dealing with mutual recognition of travel documents and documents of vehicles. We have proposed that free movement becomes [the norm].…We already have applied free movement [in] Albania and Macedonia, and now we are working for the application of movement with the identity cards to Montenegro.

SETimes: What concessions is the Kosovo side allowing in this dialogue?

Tahiri: Kosovo has made concessions for the past ten or 11 years, and now we want to establish order. The fact that we have allowed the free movement of citizens of Serbia in Kosovo, but they have not allowed the movement of our citizens in Serbia, has been a concession for the past ten years. Well, now it's time to put reciprocity for the benefit of citizens.

SETimes: And Serbia agrees?

Tahiri: As Kosovo has aspirations for EU integration, Serbia has the same aspirations. If the Serbian side wants the EU path, it must meet EU standards. The issues we are discussing are based on European principles, and each party is obliged to meet them to [complete] the road to EU integration...
Try harder bitch


#2 Jul 5, 2011
Pristina - Belgrade talks are not Kosovo - Serbia talks, you ugly bitch

Kosovo is southern province of Serbia.

Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#3 Jul 5, 2011
Try harder bitch wrote:
Pristina - Belgrade talks are not Kosovo - Serbia talks, you ugly bitch
Kosovo is southern province of Serbia.
hahah keep telling that to yourself

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