US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mathew Palmer said that Washington is focused on supporting the European Union-led process to reach an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina.
Speaking at a Balkan Insider webinar, the special envoy for the Kosovo dialogue, said that an agreement would ideally lead to mutual recognition, the Voice of America reported. The Balkan Insider online event was titled - Perspectives from the State Department: A conversation with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Representative to the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer.
Top officials from Belgrade and Pristina resumed the dialogue to normalize relations mediated by the European Union in July following a break of almost 20 months.
According to Palmer any talk of a territory swap or other possible aspects of an agreement divert attention away from what he said is the main goal: having the governments of Serbia and Kosovo sit down to find a way to normalize relations. We support that process and I think it’s irrelevant to talk and obstructive to talk about issues such as an exchange of territories, he said and added that the focus should be ways to move forward towards a comprehensive agreement which would resolve the dispute once and for all.
Palmer said that both sides in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue are committed to achieving progress on the way to a comprehensive agreement to normalize relations which, he said, would reset the region and encourage all the Western Balkan countries on their way to the EU.