Borrell: EU facilitation of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue has no alternative

Borrell: EU facilitation of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue has no alternative

Borrell: EU facilitation of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue has no alternative Izvor: N1

The European Union High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Wednesday that the bloc's facilitation of Belgrade - Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations had no alternative, alluding on Kosovo President Hashim Thaci's statement that he would not take part in the talks if they were led by the EU envoy Miroslav Lajčák, the Belgrade news agencies reported.

Thaci told reporters on Tuesday that he would "respond to invitations to summits by (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel, (French President Emmanuel) Macron but I have no will to take part in a negotiation process headed by Lajcak."

Thaci is against Lajčák's role, claiming he is biased in favour of Serbia. He prefers the US as the key player in the negotiations.

 Borrell tweeted on Wednesday that both Kosovo and Serbia, as well as the Western Balkans region, had the European future.

His spokesperson Peter Stano told Kosovo's RTV Dukagjini on Wednesday that an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina "must follow the EU legislation, its values and must be in line with the international law. It has to be sustainable and acceptable to the region and the bloc's member states.

"The status quo is unsustainable, and the dialogue should resume as soon as possible since the situation with the pandemic is stabilising," Stano said.  

Later on Wednesday, Alexander Bocan - Harchenko, the Russian ambassador to Serbia said that Moscow was not asking for a new UN Security Council resolution on Kosovo, but that all parties involved in solving the issue should respect the existing UN SC Resolution 1244 and that it could change if Belgrade and Pristina made and agreement.

Resolution 1244 is neutral regarding Kosovo’s final status.

Moscow is not an official party in the dialogue, while Washington, has a special envoy for Belgrade and Pristina talks.

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