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Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo do not expect to reach a final deal in Berlin

BERLIN/BELGRADE/PRISTINA – Regional meeting initiated by France and Germany, scheduled for Monday the 29th of April is still topic number one, not only in internal media but in foreign one as well.

The reason for that lies in the fact that the main topic is a discussion on future relations between Serbia and Kosovo. The conference will be divided into two parts, but in both cases, the relations between Serbia and Kosovo will be in focus, as well as the implications of it across the region, reports N1.

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini will be present but only as a replacement for the President of European Council Jean-Claude Juncker writes N1.

This information was also confirmed by the EU spokesperson Maja Kocijančič for Radio Free Europe. Representatives from all Western Balkans countries will be present at the conference, but only Kosovo and Serbia will be represented by presidents and prime ministers.

The only representatives from EU members invited by conference organizers are from Slovenia and Croatia.

Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić does not have high expectations from a meeting in Berlin. Belgrade is ready to continue the dialogue as soon as Pristina abolishes the taxes, Brnavić repeats.

President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić has met with Russian and Chinese Presidents during his visit to Peking, where he spoke about Kosovo.

Kosovo Government officials say that the main topic of the Summit would be a dialogue with Serbia, and there will be no final agreement between the two countries, writes Pristina Gazeta Express.

While is in favour of revoking tax and is promotion correction of the border as a possible solution with Serbia, Haradinaj is opposing to both options. He says the tax will not be revoked until Serbia recognises Kosovo, and is against redrawing borders saying that this would bring tragedies in Balkans, Gazeta reports.

Kosovo’s President Advisor Bekim Çollaku pointed out that  Hashim Thaçi and Ramush Haradinaj will go in Berlin to stand for the interests of the state.

“The attitudes are clear and transparent for the citizens of Kosovo. Kosovo is going to Berlin to present itself as an independent and sovereign country with a European perspective without alternative”, underlined  Çollaku.

He also said that the decision on visa liberalization has to be made without further delays and it will be presented at the conference

Hahn: Main goal of Berlin meeting the continuation of a  dialogue

European Commissioner Johannes Hahn welcomed the French-German initiative and their interest for the Western Balkans region. In the interview with German Handelsblat, he pointed out that the main goal in Berlin is to find a solution for the blocked dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

He underlined that a sustainable solution must come from Belgrade and Pristina and which they need to put into practice.

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