Kosovo PM calls for excluding Mogherini from further Belgrade–Pristina dialogue

Kosovo PM calls for excluding Mogherini from further Belgrade–Pristina dialogue

Kosovo PM calls for excluding Mogherini from further Belgrade–Pristina dialogue Izvor: N1/ Zana Cimili

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, demanded on Friday that the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini - who also serves as the bloc's mediator in the Belgrade–Pristina dialogue on normalising relations between them - should be removed from the further process, Serbian news agency FoNet reported citing Pristina media.

Haradinaj did not offer any explicit explanation for his demand on Friday, although Kosovo politicians have a history of criticising Mogherini, accusing her of siding with Belgrade and blaming her for allowing any potential border changes to make their way into the dialogue agenda.

Mogherini has reiterated repeatedly that a key condition for the dialogue to resume - which was put on hold in November - was that Pristina suspends the 100-percent import tariffs it introduced on goods coming to Kosovo from Serbia and Bosnia, two countries which still do not recognise Kosovo's independence.

Belgrade also conditioned further talks with Pristina dropping the tariffs still in place.

“I request that things are made clear, as well as everybody’s role (in the process),” Haradinaj said.

He added that "some have tried to say that he was jeopardising relations between Pristina and Washington." The US has also caled for the suspension of tariffs, while Haradinaj continues to refuse dropping them.

“We will have a meeting in Paris (in early July) with Serbia’s representatives, and then another one in Washington... so that Washington will be directly involved (in the dialogue),” Haradinaj said.

There has not been any official announcement of a possible meeting in Washington between American and Kosovo officials, save for President Donald Trump’s invitation to Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Hashim Thaci and Aleksandar Vucic, to come to the White House after a Belgrade-Pristina deal is made.

Haradinaj said that the talks are "part of the process whose goal is Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence, within its borders as they are today, while respecting human rights, and improving of economic relations, and Euro-Atlantic integrations.”

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