Today world news EU leaders say Serbia must be ready for "tough decisions."

Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron want Belgrade to nudge Kosovo into a solution.



In a letter delivered to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday, the heads of France and Germany urged him to get ready for "tough decisions" in the talks between Belgrade and the separatist province of Kosovo.


The normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is crucial for the stability of Europe and the Balkans, according to their communication, which was made public by Vucic's press office.


The recent standoff between Belgrade and Pristina over identity documents and licence plates, they added, has shown the need for positive steps. "We... urge you to show maximum determination and willingness to make difficult decisions that will promote the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia under the auspices of the EU," they wrote.


Macron and Scholz also stated that they had assigned Emmanuel Bonne and Jens Plotner, two advisers, to support Miroslav Lajcak, the EU's special envoy for the Western Balkans, in his diplomatic efforts.


Following Josep Borrell's announcement last week that Serbia and Kosovo had reached an "accord on freedom of movement," the two EU leaders submitted the letter. According to Borrell at the time, Belgrade specifically agreed to do away with entry and exit documentation for people with Kosovo IDs, while Kosovo pledged not to do the same for people with Serbian IDs.


However, tensions between Kosovo and Serbia remain strong. The Kosovo administration argues that Pristina-issued licence plates and ID cards should be used instead of the Serbian ones, even though several the two parties were able to achieve a partial agreement.


In light of this, the Serbian Army began training on Wednesday close to the administrative border with Kosovo. They occurred on the same day as the prior licence plate change deadline, which was eventually postponed to October 31.


The US and its allies have accepted Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008; however, Belgrade, Russia, China, and a number of EU members have not. While aiming to join the EU, Vucic is now maintaining a policy of military neutrality and refraining from placing sanctions on Russia.



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