Austria’s chancellor has told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any step toward joining European Union.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, smiles during a meeting with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, smiles during a meeting with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, said during his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful agreement between Pristina and Belgrade there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, right, shake hands with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, during his visit to Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, right, shake hands with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, during his visit to Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kurz was in Belgrade in the past two days, where he also warned that membership in the bloc depends on resolution of the Kosovo issue.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz,  gestures during a joint press conference with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, gestures during a joint press conference with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo and Serbia have been negotiating for more than seven years to join the EU.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left, gestures during a joint press conference with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, left, gestures during a joint press conference with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The Austrian Chancellor told Kosovo that dialogue with Serbia is the basis for any further step toward the European Union. Kurz, whose country currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, said in his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful Pristina-Belgrade agreement there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia does not recognize the move and tensions persist.

Source: The Associated Press

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