The successful resolution of all issues related to the reopening of the Mitrovica Bridge between Serbia and Kosovo is a crucial step forward in Belgrade-Pristina negotiations on regional cooperation, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday.

The New Bridge across the Ibar River splits the Kosovar town of Mitrovica into a northern part with its Serbian majority and the southern one where most residents are Albanians.

“The opening of the revitalised Mitrovica Bridge and the completion of the pedestrianised King Petar Street in the nearest future will be an important achievement in the implementation of the agreements reached in the Dialogue,” Mogherini said in a statement, released on her website.

According to the EU foreign policy chief, the successful negotiations on the bridge showed that “only dialogue and political leadership” could help solve the conflict.

According to local media, the governments of North and South Mitrovica have had disagreements in the past over the construction of various barriers restricting the flow of traffic across the bridge.

On Saturday, North Mitrovica authorities reportedly agreed to remove a concrete wall, which they began to build near the bridge.