The Belgrade-Pristina dialogue has to continue to reach a comprehensive normalization of relations between the two sides, the European Union High Representative’s spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told a media briefing in Brussels on Monday.
“It’s very clear to us that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue has to continue with the same commitment as before,” Kocijancic said. She said that there had been a number of contacts with the Presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci on all open questions.
Asked about a possible demarcation or changes to borders, Kocijancic said she could not discuss the details of ongoing negotiations.
“The aim of the dialogue is a comprehensive normalization of relations. We are working on a legally binding agreement to resolve outstanding issues on the basis of mutual consent with full respect for international law,” she said, adding that the agreement needs to be viable, sustainable and realistic.
Kocijancic said the EU expects the two sides to continue the dialogue with same commitment and dedication to the process, adding that this is crucial for their progress towards EU membership.
Asked about what Serbian President Vucic said about the late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, Kocijancic said that there must be no room for any supporter of policies which led to the suffering of the people of the Western Balkans.
“Reconciliation, normalization and good neighbour relations are only possible if the policies of the past are rejected and overcome. We must not leave any room for ambiguity or praise for those who upheld these policies or actions. Reconciliation and good neighbour relations are the very essence of what in the EU stand for and all partners in the region have clear European perspective and are required to uphold these principles,” the EU spokeswoman said.