US Ambassador to Serbia Christopher Hill said today that the Serbian side came to the talks in Brussels “in the right spirit” and added that this is good for the continuation of the dialogue with Pristina and for the future of US-Serbia relations.
“It is very clear that the Serbian side came to the talks in Brussels in the right spirit, it obviously worked a lot on the issue, but it was also ready to talk, negotiate and find a way forward,” Hill said in a short video address that the embassy USA posted on Twitter.
Hill assessed that this is “good not only for future discussions on Kosovo, but in general for US relations with Serbia.”
“Not everything that the USA and Serbia do together has to be related to Kosovo. It is obvious that we have to work very hard on the issue of Kosovo, we have to find a common understanding. I think we all want to do that, but I think there are other issues as well, on which we should work together with the Serbs,” Hill said, adding that the US and Serbia have “a lot of points of contact”, which is an encouragement for the future.
Hill said about the round of talks in Brussels, in which Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti (Albin) participated with European Union officials, that there is a certain disappointment because the problems have not been resolved.
“I think everyone is a bit disappointed that we haven’t been able to solve the problems either in the short term or the long term, but I believe that there are some positive developments as a result. First of all, it is very clear that the US and the EU are working very closely together, there is a real common understanding of the problems and very good chemistry between the US and the Europeans,” Hill said, adding that it would “serve everyone well moving forward.”
EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Josep Borrell said that no agreement was reached at the Vucic-Kurti meeting on Thursday in Brussels regarding the dispute over license plates and travel documents for travel to and from Kosovo.
“But that’s not the end of the story and both leaders have agreed to continue talks in the coming days until September 1,” Borel said after the meeting between the Serbian president and the Kosovo prime minister.