Daily papers report on a meeting between Kosovo and Serbian delegations in Vienna initiated by UN SG envoy on standards Ambassador Kai Eide. Apart from process of decentralisation, improvement of security situation for Kosovo Serb community was also discussed in the meeting, Koha reports.
Eide, after the meeting, said he was encouraged by the fact that Vienna talks were held in a “constructive and very detailed spirit”, and that concrete issues were tackled.
Kosovo Minister for Local Government Lutfi Haziri told Zëri that decentralisation and cadastral records were among the topics discussed in the meeting and he added that neither can Belgrade nor anyone else for that matter, demand changes to be made to the Kosovan plan for decentralisation. “This is the first meeting and as such cannot be expected to solve anything but it is a positive engagement aimed at solving problems,” Haziri said.
All daily papers report on an “unfortunate gaffe’ that occurred when one of the journalists called for a handshake between the Ministers at which point Minister Haziri stood up and offered the hand to the Serbian minister but Loncar did not take up the offer saying, “We are not here to take pictures”. Koha Ditore says the meeting has been put under shadow because of the handshake incident. Zëri’s publisher Blerim Shala writes that the meeting of 16 September will be remembered by the refusal of Serbian Minister to shake hands with his Kosovan counterpart.
Epoka e Re carries reactions of political parties to the meeting in Vienna where Jakup Krasniqi from PDK is quoted as saying that the decision to go to the meeting without first consulting the Kosovo Assembly is a “wrong move”, while ORA Spokesman Ylli Hoxha said his party has always stressed the “need for consultations before the start of talks”.