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The European Union has welcomed resumption of dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo

The European Union welcomes the resumption of the Sunday dialogue on the normalization of relations between Serbia and the breakaway Republic of Kosovo with the mediation of Brussels.

"We just finished a virtual meeting with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hoti Avdullah. I am glad to say that after the summit in Paris on Friday and today's meeting of the comprehensive dialogue on the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo resumed after a break of 20 months," said EU special representative for dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Miroslav Lajcak.

According to him, during the talks on Sunday, the parties agreed on the main elements of the dialogue. "We also agreed on the agenda for the next meeting, which will be held in person in Brussels next Thursday," said lajčák.

The Serbian President briefly said in his Instagram that the dialogue with priština resumed and that the themes for the talks on 16 July.

The tenth of July there was an online summit for the resumption of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on the initiative of France and Germany. It was reported that Vucic and Hoti expressed his willingness to resume negotiations on normalization of relations. In an interview with national TV of Serbia following the meeting Vucic said that the demands of Kosovo on videocamera was "meaningless".

In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the "Kosovo Liberation army" and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina on 17 February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.

The leadership of Serbia under the pressure of Brussels and the region of convergence with the European Union, and for the relief of the lives of Serbian citizens in Kosovo in 2011 was forced to start negotiations on the normalization of relations with Kosovo Albanians with the mediation of the EU. However, after the introduction in November 2018, the authorities in Pristina of trade taxes in the amount of 100% of goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the dialogue was suspended.