Borell proposes Lajcak to mediate Kosovo dialogue

Borell proposes Lajcak to mediate Kosovo dialogue

Borell proposes Lajcak to mediate Kosovo dialogue Izvor: REUTERS/Arben Celi

European Union High Representative Josep Borell has proposed former Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak for mediator in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Pristina daily Gazetaexpress said on it web site on Friday.

The daily said that Lajcak would take up the post of EU mediator on April 1 and would remain in office up to March 1, 2021.  

Gazetaexpress said that it had been granted access to Borell’s proposal which lists four goals: reaching an agreement to normalize relations, achieving good neighbor relations and promoting reconciliation, raising the visibility and efficiency of the EU through public diplomacy and providing support to regional efforts on the European path.  

The proposal says that Lajcak has a mandate to facilitate the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue on behalf of the High Representative and work on a comprehensive normalization of relations through a legally binding agreement which would resolve all open questions.  

Gazetaexpress said that Lajcak’s appointment is being opposed energetically by Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, claiming that he is unreliable and from a country which has not recognized Kosovo. On the other hand, Prime Minister Albin Kurti said in a letter to Borell that he would cooperate with EU envoys.  

Prime Minister Kurti said that the 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods would remain in force until he reaches an agreement with his party’s coalition partner the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo. Kurti wants the tariffs lifted gradually while his coalition partners want them lifted immediately in line with US requests.

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