Tirana Summit without a joint statement, Kurti made a request at the last minute

The Tirana summit of Western Balkan leaders ended on Thursday without a joint statement after Albin Kurti made a last-minute request that the term “Republic of Kosovo” be used in the document.

According to a Tanjug Agency source, the statement had been coordinated for days, but was eventually dismissed.

As Tanjug reported, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said the summit had been more difficult than expected because she had tried to focus on good results and co-operation in the region while “someone else” was shifting topics of discussion in politics.

She said the summit was a preparation for future events such as the next round of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, scheduled for June 15th.

When asked if she had had an opportunity to speak with Kurti, she replied in the negative, but said she was engaged in an “exchange of views” during the summit.

“I think there were provocations there and his ideas about what regional co-operation should look like, but I think he got an adequate response and facts,” Brnabić said.

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