Serbia and Kosovo to resume talks but not budge on key issues


BRUSSELS (AP) – Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to resume stalled negotiations on the normalization of their relations. But their leaders refused to budge on the key issues of their dispute. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had virtual talks Friday with Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, with the aim of setting up a first face-to-face meeting since November 2018 as part of a dialogue supported by the European Union. process. Vucic says that Europeans have unrealistic expectations and excludes discussing the independence of Kosovo. He and Hoti are scheduled to hold more video chats on Sunday, and could meet in Brussels in person on Thursday. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a decision that Serbia has not recognized and tensions continue to simmer.


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