Serbia, Kosovo leaders abruptly cancel EU-brokered meeting on land swap

By Robin Emmott
September 7, 2018

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo abruptly called off a face-to-face meeting in Brussels on Friday, deflating hopes of a deal involving a land swap that could allow both nations to move towards EU membership.

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci was due to discuss the swap plan with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic for the first time in talks brokered by the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini.

But both men refused to speak to each other moments before their meeting was due to start at the EU’s headquarters in Brussels, diplomats said, leaving Mogherini to meet them separately several times during the day to keep talks alive.