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March 5, 2018  Belgrade, Serbia

SERBIA’S INTERNAL DIALOGUE ON KOSOVO AND EU INTEGRATION

Serbia’s internal dialogue on Kosovo is entering its final phase. Few people expect quick and easy solutions for the century-old Kosovo dispute. Serbia needs to resolve the dispute before it joins the European Union. Belgrade officials say that normalization of relations with Pristina is also their own choice. They are not pursuing simply because it is an EU condition but because Serbia needs to resolve the issue in order to move forward. A number of options for the resolution have been articulated during the internal dialogue, but the dialogue is an unrestricted process, so in the end there could be a completely new not-yet-mentioned option. The only already determined option is EU membership. The Council for Inclusive Governance organized on March 5, 2018 in Belgrade its fourth roundtable in the series on Serbia’s internal dialogue. The meeting that gathered civil society representatives, academics, journalists, and politicians who deal with issues related to Belgrade-Pristina relations addressed the implications that the dialogue outcomes might have for Serbia’s EU integration prospects. Below is a report from the discussions.

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