TOWARDS A SUCCESSFUL SERBIAN INTERNAL DIALOGUE ON KOSOVO
In May 2017, Serbian President Vucic announced an internal dialogue on Kosovo to elicit institutional and grassroots input and feedback on how to conclude the Kosovo conflict. The process was informally kicked off later in the summer through a series of op-ed articles in which Mr. Vucic himself and a number of senior government officials presented their views but did not offer details. Only a few opposition representatives responded positively to the initiative, publishing their own comments and opinions. Both the president and the government have not come out with more precise information on how the dialogue will be organized, by whom, and how the entire idea will be implemented. To provide more clarity on this issue, CIG organized on October 9, 2017 in Belgrade its first in a series of roundtables devoted to the internal dialogue in Serbia. The meeting gathered representatives of Serbia’s leading civil society organizations, academic community, media, as well as Kosovo Serb civil society representatives. The meeting touched upon the issues that should be included in the dialogue, the methodology for conducting and concluding the process, and establishing its main principles. Here is a short report of the meeting in English and in Serbian.