18 July 2019
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  • 09:44 MAY HOT TOPICS: EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans; Merkel supports Croatia’s bid to join Euro and Schengen; Serbia and Bosnia threaten retaliation against Kosovo tariffs; EU elections deliver (almost) expected results in Slovenia and Croatia; Uljanik starts bankruptcy proceedings

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić said he expects an increasing number of countries in the coming period to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo’s independence or announce that they have never done so. He told Serbia’s RTS he will have a series of bilateral meetings in New York with both representatives from countries that have recognised Kosovo and those who have not. “I have scheduled talks with 84 countries, out of 193. I am meeting with those that have recognised Kosovo’s independence to ask them to re-examine (their decision), and with those who haven’t recognised it yet to strengthen their position”, Dačić said. Commenting on Kosovo’s delegation in New York who are said to be there privately, Dačić accused Priština’s delegation for using the presence of peacekeeping mission in Kosovo to acquire passes for the UN building. “We protested because they abused the peace mission,” Dačić said. Asked if Kosovo’s “lobbying” could have consequences for Serbia, he said “it won’t change anything”, adding that more states want to remain neutral until a final solution is reached.

EU’s High Representative for foreign and security policy, Federica Mogherini, spoke last night with leaders from the Western Balkans about the situation in the region. “Our joint commitment to helping all Western Balkans partners to take irreversible steps forward on their EU integration paths stands as firm as ever”, Mogherini said after meeting the leaders in the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York. Together with Commissioner Johannes Hahn, Mogherini discussed with them the recent developments and progress in the region, and underlined the need for sustained work on EU-related reforms and more genuine and effective cooperation, according to the EU office in Kosovo.

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