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Direct negotiations begin between Serbs and Kosovars

It is under the leadership of Robert Cooper, the strategic advisor to the High Representative of the EU, Cathy Ashton, that direct discussions between Serbian and Kosovar negotiators will begin this Tuesday (March 8) in Brussels in the premises of the Council of the European Union. Three main themes will be addressed: free movement, the rule of law, regional cooperation. The objective is to find “pragmatic” solutions to concrete problems that arise every day, as explained by someone close to Cathy Ashton. Some Kosovar merchants can no longer sell their fruits or vegetables across the border or vice versa. Judicial proceedings are frozen due to lack of execution procedure or possibility of exchange of evidence, etc.

The negotiations will take place at a sustained pace: approximately twice a month. Robert Cooper's role will be that of a “facilitator”, intended to bring together points of view and find possible solutions.

NB: The last time that the Serbs and Kosovars negotiated directly was in February... 1999, in Rambouillet.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).