US embassy: It’s up to Belgrade and Pristina leaders to make a deal

US embassy: It’s up to Belgrade and Pristina leaders to make a deal

US embassy: It’s up to Belgrade and Pristina leaders to make a deal Izvor: Shutterstock

The United States would be satisfied if a comprehensive agreement between Belgrade and Pristina was signed this year, but Washington did not suggest what that deal should look like, the US embassy to Serbia said on Friday, the Beta news agency reported.

Asked to comment on a recent report about a document claiming the US and the European Union would accept the exchange of territories between Serbia and Kosovo, the embassy said in a written reply to the agency that Washington “believes an agreement should be applicable in both Kosovo and Serbia and that it must contribute to the long-lasting regional stability.”

The German “Frankfurter Rundschau” had reported that the EU and the US were ready to accept the territory swap between Kosovo and Serbia and that an agreement which would be in place after six months should be signed in Washington on June 12.

In its reply, the embassy added that it was “up to the leaders to continue negotiations under the EU auspices and see what is possible and to transparently communicate with their nations.”

The newspaper said that “a recently leaked document contains a plan for the division of Kosovo. It says that new borderline will be drawn between Kosovo Albanians and the Serbs in the north and that some of Serbia’s villages mostly populated by local Albanians will join Kosovo.”

Those villages are apparently from three municipalities in Serbia’s southern district of Presevo Valley.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci had been advocating for a while that Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja should become a part of Kosovo. Medvedja is the only municipality where local Serbs create a majority.

However, Thaci said Pristina would give nothing in return and denied any division of Kosovo.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said last summer he favoured the separation with Albanians without elaborating.

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