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Kurti: I proposed a six-point Declaration of Peace, Vucic: Ready to discuss on anything

The meeting between the Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels came to an end without any agreement between the two.

As the meeting began, Kosovo PM Kurti accused the Serbian side of genocide on three occasions, reported Euronews Serbia.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti said to have proposed that the two countries sign a peace agreement based on a 6 points, but it was rejected by the Serbian side before even presenting it.

“It was refused without even being read first, this indicates their non-compliance toward an agreement”, Kurti said.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo added that the agreement had been carefully compiled and described it as “well-balanced”.

While Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic declared that the Kosovar side is “going back many years in time” as he referred to the genocide accusations.

“Their stance is that Serbia is guilty of three genocides committed against Albanians in Kosovo. He is going back in the 19th Century”, said Vucic.

Vucic is referring to an accusation made by Kurti at the start of the meeting over the massive dislocation of Albanians from regions that were to become a part of the Principality of Serbia and Montenegro in 1878 after the Russian-Ottoman war that saw the defeat of the latter and a great chunk of land taken away from the Ottoman Empire.

On the other hand, Vucic presented a document indicating ethnic and religious attacks against Serbs in Kosovo over the last few years, claiming that there are 80 incidents.

During the meeting, Kurti said, the two sides did not agree to come forward with a joint declaration on the missing persons from the war.

Speaking from Brussels, Vucic told the media to have accepted the proposals of the mediating side on the topics of the dialogue, including on the issue of the missing persons from the war.

“There were three points, intensifying joint efforts for the identification of the missing people, refrain from things that might deteriorate the situation, and that parties in the dialogue meet regularly”, said the Serbian President.

In addition, Vucic said that Serbia is willing to discuss “anything”, hinting that the other side is refusing to do that.

“Everything is coming around to the same thing, someone must force Serbia to recognize Kosovo”, he said.

After two meetings marked by tensions between the two officials, Kurti said that another meeting will take place in September although without any expressing any optimism on its outcome.

The meeting was also attended by the High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell and the EU Special Envoy for the dialogue Miroslav Lajcak.

Ahead of the meeting, Borrell expressed his desire to have a more productive meeting than the first, although it appeared that this failed to materialize.

He also emphasized the importance of looking to the future as the best thing for the people of both countries.

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