EU Rejects Claims of Serbian Daily that Serbia-Kosovo Agreement Draft Will Be Tabled in Brussels on Thursday

The European Union has rejected on Wednesday the claims of the Serbian press that a draft agreement will be presented at the meeting between representatives of Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels on Thursday, under which Serbia is expected to recognize Kosovo, news agencies report.

Quoting diplomatic sources, Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti reported on its website and then also in its printed edition on Wednesday that an “ultimate demand” will be given to Serbia in Brussels to bind by agreement to recognize the independence of Kosovo and concede to its membership in the UN.

Novosti offered no proof of their claim, for which they have quoted an unnamed diplomatic source.

Peter Stano, the spokesman of the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said on Wednesday that the rule in the EU is not to comment media speculation, but that in this specific case, it is important to deny the media reporting in Serbia.

He repeated that the renewed dialogue at the top-level held last week between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo prime minister Avdullah Hoti will be followed by a series of meetings at the expert level.

Stano confirmed that the agenda of the Thursday meeting includes issues related to displaced persons and economic cooperation.

The Serbian delegation will be led by, Marko Djuric, head of the government office for Kosovo.