The diplomatic attempt by the European Union (EU) to reduce the tension between Kosovo and Serbia, which has escalated due to identity cards and license plates, and to resolve the main problems between the parties, has been inconclusive.
Bringing together Serbian President Aleksander Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Brussels, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell accused the parties of not being constructive.
‘WE CAN’T CONTINUE LIKE’
Borrell blamed Vucic and Kurti for the escalation of tensions and possible violence on the ground, adding, “The root of the problem is far beyond the license plates. I made it clear to both sides. We cannot go on like this. This vicious circle of crises must end,” he said. While Vucic Accepted The EU ‘s proposal, Kurti refused.
While the United States urged both leaders to make concessions to preserve the hard-won peace in the fragile region, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, “Now is the time to take responsibility and find pragmatic solutions. The escalation of events should be avoided,” he said. Kosovo officials had announced that ethnic Serbs living in their country must hand over their Serbian license plates, or they will fine them 150 Euros. After the crisis in Brussels remained unresolved, there are concerns that tensions will rise in the region.