European Union envoy for Kosovo Miroslav Lajcak expressed caution about the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue in an interview to Slovak daily Pravda, adding that the EU can’t speed up the process.
“The EU is not interested in slowing down the process but it also can’t speed it up,’ he said.
Lajcak said that a solution could be found within months, adding that the EU is not imposing an agreement. “The important thing for us is for the agreements between Belgrade and Pristina to bring them closer to the EU and for them to be based on European standards… The final document is intended to stabilize the region,” he said.
He said that a normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia would be a big relief for the Western Balkans. “Two years ago we said that there are three big challenges in the region. The Macedonia name dispute is resolved and if we could continue normalizing relations between Kosovo and Serbia and then we could devote our full attention to how Bosnia-Herzegovina should function,” he said.
He said that the Union appreciates the good will of the Americans and their efforts but added that it’s important to realize that the process has to be led by the EU as the final destination for both sides. “It’s clear that the US activities are also a reflection of the election calendar but we welcome any help,” he said.