The US President Donald Trump special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue Richard Grenell said on Thursday that Kosovo should abolish the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia. At the same time, Serbia should stop its campaign to get countries to withdraw decisions on recognition of Kosovo as an independent state, media reported.
"I said in Kosovothey must lift the taxes, but I will also insist that Serbia stops its campaign for the withdrawal of Kosovo'sKosovo's independence. That must happen at the same time and, to be honest, I think it will be soon," Grenell, who arrived from Pristina, told reporters in Belgrade.
He added that "the business community wants that to happen and that common people call for it," adding the focus should be on the economic development and new jobs, not on the political issues.
Grenell said he felt positive energy, but added Trump would not let him do that job for a long time if there was no progress."We don't want to lose time," Grenell told Radio Free Europe (RFE) when asked when the US expected Belgrade and Pristina to make a deal after the dialogue had been on hold for almost 14 months.
Grenell also said the US did not have any particular idea to present in Belgrade. But added his intention was "to push the two sides toward each other."
"I think there is not a lot of time and this opportunity should be used, and I sincerely hope that the Serbs and Kosovo people and their governments will use it," Grenell said.
RFE reported that Grenell in Belgrade reiterated the messages he passed on to the Kosovo leaders - "two things must happen: the abolishment of the taxes and the cessation of the campaign to revoke decisions on recognition of Kosovo."