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Kosovo, Serbia presidents to meet on Nov 8 to continue normalisation talks – EU

Kosovo, Serbia presidents to meet on Nov 8 to continue normalisation talks – EU EU Commission headquarters in Brussels; Author: Radomir Ralev

PRISTINA (Kosovo), November 7 (SeeNews) – Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, will meet on November 8 to continue their work on normalising relations between Pristina and Belgrade, the EU's diplomatic service said on Wednesday.

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will host the meeting in Brussels, the EU External Action Service said in a statement.

"At the meeting, the two leaders are expected to confirm their readiness to intensify the work to reach a legally binding agreement on comprehensive normalisation, which is crucial for their respective European paths," the statement reads.

According to media reports, a change of the border between Kosovo and Serbia may be put on the agenda of the meeting between Thaci and Vucic.

In April 2013, the governments of Serbia and Kosovo reached a deal on the normalisation of bilateral relations, the so-called Brussels Agreement, but neither of them signed the document. According to the agreement, neither country would block, or encourage others to block, the other country's progress to EU membership.

Belgrade does not recognise the independence of Kosovo, Serbia's former southern province populated predominantly by ethnic Albanians. Kosovo unilaterally proclaimed independence from Serbia in February 2008 and has so far been recognised by more than half of the 193 UN member states.