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EU foreign policy chief Borrell: Final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia is a matter of months, if both sides engage constructively

  • 10/13/2020 8:03 PM
EU foreign policy chief Borrell: Final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia is a matter of months, if both sides engage constructively
EU Foreign Policy Chief Borrel

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated on Monday that he believes that the reaching a final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia is a matter of months, not years, if both sides engage constructively.

He made the remarks in the wake of a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, who discussed a range of issues, including the Kosovo-Serbia talks. Mr Borrell stressed that Kosovo and Serbia are clear that finding a solution is a necessary condition on their path to European integration.

The European Union Special Representative for the Kosovo-Serbia talks, Miroslav Lajcak, reported to the foreign ministers on the negotiation process, after which he said that “today’s discussion confirmed that the talks are clearly linked to the European future of Kosovo and Serbia”.

During the week, Mr. Lajçak will stay in Pristina and Belgrade in an attempt to resume talks, which seem to have stalled due to disagreements over the issue of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo. Serbia demands that in the talks facilitated by the European Union to discuss this association, while Kosovo emphasizes that this issue is closed with the existing agreements of 2013 and 2015.

Serbia demands that this mechanism be established according to the agreement reached in 2015, which provides for broad responsibilities in several areas, but the Constitutional Court of Kosovo had found numerous violations in the agreement and in its opinion, the association can be established only according to the constitution and laws of Kosovo.

Last month, the two countries reached an agreement on the normalization of economic relations, which was signed in the White House, in the presence of US President Donald Trump.

/Klara Ruci/