Serbia attaches particular importance to the UN mission work in Kosovo and considers an agreement with Pristina as its national priority, Ivica Dacic, the country's Foreign Minister said in New York, the Beta news agency reported on Tuesday.

 

The outgoing US ambassador to Pristina Greg Delawie said on Monday Washington would not welcome any solution to Kosovo issue eventually reached by the two sides, the Beta news agency reported.

 

Serbia’s President Secretary-General said on Monday that the Belgrade – Pristina talks were tough and painful and that the forthcoming meeting between presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Vladimir Putin was significant, the Beta news agency reported.

 

Kosovo President plans to give back parts of the Leposavic municipality’s territory to Serbia through legally binding agreement on normalisation of the relations with Serbia as well as Leska and part of Zubin Potok territory in the north of Kosovo, Pristina-based media reported.

 

Moscow supports the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue with respect to the United Nation’s resolution 1244, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Banja Luka, after meeting his Serbia’s counterpart Ivica Dacic, the Beta news agency reported on Friday.

 

European Union Delegation chief in Serbia Sem Fabrizi said on Friday that both sides are working hard to reach an agreement to normalize Belgrade-Pristina relations.

 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told a Greek daily he was worried about the Belgrade – Pristina negotiations, adding that “an attempt to eliminate the diversity by changing the border lines is dangerous,” the Beta news agency reported on Thursday.

 

Several hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Palace of Justice in Pristina on Wednesday demanding the release of former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander and ex Kosovo envoy to Albania, the Beta news agency reported.

 

Ramush Haradinaj, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, said on Tuesday that an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina which would include the revision of borders would mean going back to tragedies, while President Hashim Thaci insisted that was the only way for an agreement with Belgrade, the Beta news agency reported.

 

An agreement between Belgrade and Pristina that does not include a “comprehensive package” that includes economic help for Serbia, is out of the question, President Aleksandar Vucic told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.

 

Hashim Thaci, Kosovo's President, said on Tuesday the time had come for reaching a peace agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, the FoNet news agency reported.

 

Belgrade – Pristina dialogue facilitated by the European Union produced no effect, Nenad Popovic, Serbia’s Minister without portfolio said on Monday, the Beta news agency reported.

 

It wouldn’t be wise to “deposit” negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, especially not until there is something tangible which could end that process, said US Ambassador in Belgrade Kyle Scott.

 

The European Commission (EC) spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said on Friday that ahead of a new round of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue all provocative statements and actions should be avoided, adding that Kosovo and Albania should honour the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) provisions on borders, the Beta news agency reported.

 

Belgrade wants to continue the dialogue with Pristina but has to know the topic of discussion, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday.

 

The agreement between Belgrade and Pristina should be specific, adapted and not a precedent, European Commissioner Johannes Hahn told the Friday edition of Podgorica daily Pobjeda, adding that it has to be in line with international law.

 

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The US ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott said on Wednesday that the Western Balkans faced three main challenges: the name issue between Macedonia and Greece, normalisation between Belgrade and Pristina and creation of a functional state in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the FoNet news agency reported.

 

Serbia’s Foreign Minister said on Tuesday that his country would not first accept the independence of Kosovo and then negotiate with Pristina, adding “that’s for sure,” the Beta news agency reported.

 

A normalisation of the Belgrade and Pristina relations would contribute to regional stability but Germany is sceptic about any potential changes of borders between Serbia and Kosovo, said newly appointed German Ambassador to Serbia, Thomas Schieb.

 

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