Secret meeting between Kosovo and Serbia in Berlin

An unannounced meeting has been held on Wednesday evening in Berlin, Germany, between Kosovan and Serbian representatives and even the heads of Kosovo’s negotiating team, Shpend Ahmeti and Fatmir Limaj were not notified on this meeting.

In this meeting, Kosovo was represented by its ambassador in the United Arab Emirates, Avni Arifi and chief of cabinet of Prime Minister’s Ramush Haradinaj, Selim Selimi. Part of the meeting was also Michael O’Riley, Haradinaj former defence attorney.

Meanwhile, Serbia was represented by Marko Djuric, head of the Office for Kosovo in the Serbian government.

Avni Arifi, who was part of the meeting, said that no political matters could be discussed in the meeting.

“The entire meeting focused on technical issues and we had no powers to discuss political matters or the tax. We debated about the fact that dialogue has been blocked seven months prior to the introduction of the tax, on 15 March 2018. In spite of the fact that we’ve addressed the EU in May, they did not continue dialogue, because Mogherini’s office has turned into Serbia’s office”, Arifi declared.

According to him, what Kosovo has demanded from Serbia in this meeting was the fact that dialogue must not be conditioned and that talks must resume in the Paris summit.

Dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia has been frequently criticized for lack of transparency, while it has been often alluded for secret meetings between the sides.

IBNA learns that the said meeting has been initiated by German chancellor, Angela Merkel, while its goal was to convince the sides to participate in the Paris summit.

Meanwhile, discussions are also taking place in order to reach a final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia.