Serbia and Kosovo fail to achieve deal on licence plates dispute

Eleventh-hour talks in Brussels aimed toward diffusing tensions between Kosovo and Serbia have ended with no outcome. 

The EU’s prime diplomat Josep Borrell spoke of “unconstructive behaviour” a couple of assembly held in Brussels on Monday within the newest try by the EU to calm the state of affairs.

Serbia – Kosovo tensions

Lengthy-simmering tensions between Serbia and its former province mounted once more in current weeks over the Kosovo authorities’s resolution to ban Serbian-issued license plates.

Kosovo, which stays unrecognised by Serbia, needs some 10,000 Kosovo Serbs whose autos have Serbian-issued plates to switch them with Kosovo Republic plates.

The phased plan contains warnings, fines, and finally driving bans for refusing to modify.

Following the assembly, Kosovo Prime Minister Kurti blamed Borrell for focusing solely on the license plates situation as a substitute of the total normalization of ties between the neighbours.

Serbian President Vučić stated Kurti was answerable for the failure of the assembly and that “sleepless nights are forward of us,”.

What do residents assume?

Euronews Serbia requested ethnic Serbs residing in Mitrovica if the shortage of a decision fearful them.

“Nicely, I do not know,” stated one lady, “I assume every thing will probably be superb”

“No, no, there isn’t any worry. Now we have lived right here since delivery, we’re used to this case,” defined a person.”Sure, there are tensions, there are, however there isn’t any worry, at the least right here. Older folks could also be afraid, however not us younger folks.”

“I’m not fearful as a result of Kosovo is Serbian and can stay a part of Serbia,” defined a girl.

NATO mission in Kosovo

There are actual considerations that the unresolved situation might spiral into renewed confrontation.

The NATO-led mission in Kosovo, generally known as KFOR, is “remaining vigilant.”

Watch Euronews’ report within the participant above.