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Maas in Kosovo: Ideas for changing borders should be put in drawers and be part of the past.

  • 4/23/2021 1:19 PM
Maas in Kosovo: Ideas for changing borders should be put in drawers and be part of the past.

The German chief diplomat Heiko Maas in a joint press conference with President Vjosa Osmani, said that the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia should end with mutual recognition, but there should be a compromise to reach a final agreement.

After the meeting with the head of state, Mass promised that Germany will be committed to visa liberalization for Kosovo as soon as possible. He announced that in the coming weeks, 100 thousand new vaccines for Kosovo will be added to the COVAX platform.

"Of course, the recognition of Kosovo will be one of the elements of the solution, otherwise it will not be realized. Beyond that from both sides it is normal to have a compromise in normalization dialogues . I do not want to draw red lines, but I know that on the other hand, due to historical circumstances it will be difficult and I do not want to further burden the process, but at the end of the process I want to find solutions for all issues ", he said.

Ideas for changing borders, Maas said should be put in drawers and be part of the past. In addition, the German diplomat said that the EU should keep its promise of visa liberalization for Kosovo.

"The position of the German government is very clear. Kosovo has met all the criteria for visa liberalization and which should be granted. This is not just a matter of meeting the criteria, but also of the EU adhering to its promise. We during our Presidency have put this issue at the top of the agenda during our EU Presidency. We will be committed to visa liberalization happening for Kosovo as soon as possible," he said.

Meanwhile, he promised support in providing vaccines even after securing about 100 thousand vaccines in the coming weeks. Maas also said he would support the rule of law reforms envisaged by the Kurti government.

/Klara Ruci/