Borrell: Nationality doesn't matter for people working for EU

Borrell: Nationality doesn't matter for people working for EU

Borrell: Nationality doesn't matter for people working for EU Izvor: N1

The European Union Foreign and Security Policy chief Josep Borrell said that the bloc was clearly for the preservation of the existing borders and that any Belgrade – Pristina agreement should be acceptable to the international community, and that it didn't matter which country an envoy came from, Radio Free Europe reported on Friday.

 "They (Belgrade and Pristina) cannot decide whatever they want since any deal will affect the region. You very well know how sensitive the issue of border changes is. You start changing them at one place, and then others say 'we want to change borders as well'," Borrell told a group of Western reporters during an online news conference.

He criticised Kosovo President's Hashim Thaci's recent statement regarding the newly appointed EU special envoy for the dialogue, a Slovakian diplomat Miroslav Lajčák.

Borrell warned that regardless of their nationality, "they are state officials or national diplomats working for the EU institutions."

Both Slovakia and Spain, Borrell's home country, did not recognise Kosovo's independence and Thaci said that "we have to be aware that Kosovo is an independent and sovereign state, while across the table we have negotiators who don't recognise that. Mr Lajčák even voted against Kosovo's UNESCO membership."

"The fact is that the special envoy comes from Slovakia and I'm from Spain. So, what?" Borrell asked, adding the same could have happened if someone from a country that recognised Kosovo independence was appointed, and then Serbia could have objected that.

He told the politicians to "leave such things alone."

Asked about the US involvement in the dialogue on the normalisation of relations between Pristina and Belgrade, Borrell said that Brussels was not competing with Washington and that there was only one dialogue started by the EU.

"If the US wants to help, that's OK, because that help would be useful. However, we are not led by propaganda intentions. We want to do a serious job and resume that dialogue which is unfortunately blocked due to the political instability in Kosovo," Borrell said.

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