Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti are scheduled to meet with European Union Officials on Monday to discuss to so-called Franco-German plan for normalizing relations between Serbia and its breakaway province. Vučić and Kurti are scheduled to meet separately with EU officials, followed by a joint meeting.
Serbia is under enormous pressure from the United States and the European Union to comply with their dictates, which include recognizing Kosovo’s independence and allowing for its membership in the United Nations. “We expect the two leaders to endorse the proposal,” the senior EU official told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity. EU Officials are not willing to entertain any debate about the plan and will only allow for discussion on its implementation, the same official said.
One of the main sticking points is a proposal to create a Community of Serbian Municipalities. While Serbia is trying to protect the Serbian population in northern Kosovo and Mehotija, authorities in Kosovo refuse to allow for any self-government for the Serbian minority. Kurti has been quoted as saying, “Republika Srpska has sabotaged the statehood of Bosnia & Herzegovina. We should learn from this and not repeat it in Kosovo.” American authorities have echoed similar sentiments.
Vučić has told European officials that he would not agree to recognize Kosovo as independent, nor to allow its membership in the United Nations. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić told the media that President faces “a very difficult day” on Monday. “The public and politicians in Serbia are not aware of the situation that Vučić and Belgrade are in,” Dačić added.