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Press conference with Mogherini, Hahn and Haradinaj canceled after disagreement over tariffs

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BRUSSELS – Third Stabilisation and Association Council meeting between EU and Kosovo has ended without previously planned press conference, N1 reported. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn.

The decision was made after Haradinaj answered negatively to EU’s urge to revoke tariffs on Serbian and Bosnian goods. The Prime Minister also mentioned the visa liberalisation process, which is at a standstill, and stated that it is a legitimate request of Kosovo’s citizens.

This is the second time a press conference is being canceled, both times during Haradinaj’s visit to Brussels, N1 reminded.

During the meeting, Haradinaj condemned the proposals for changing the border between Serbia and Kosovo.

“Let me say that myself, as the Prime Minister, and the Government of Kosovo, strongly oppose and reject this idea, that would only lead to wars and a new tragedy in the Balkans. Everybody that is talking about the borders, territory, or any kind of correction of my country is our enemy”, said Haradinaj.

He assessed that the process of normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia has achieved minimal successes, and has now gone completely off the rails.

Kosovo Assembly has nonetheless voted on Saturday to form a negotiating team with Serbia, which will be lead by Fatmir Limaj. Among other members of the team will be Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj, Foreign Minister Beghjet Pacolli, as well as Shpend Ahmeti, leader of the Social-democratic Party, a breakaway party from Vetëvendosje.

The Assembly also adopted a Resolution on the dialogue, which identified three main conditions: mutual recognition between Serbia and Kosovo, Kosovo’s admission to UN and an agreement that would enable the country to swiftly access both EU and NATO, KoSSev reported.

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