EU’s Borrell: US doesn’t attempt to take over Belgrade-Pristina dialogue anymore

Source: N1 (arhiva)

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said on Monday that “now, the cooperation between the US and EU is very good and there is no more competition and the American attempts to take over the main role in the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations.

He added that the cooperation between Washington and Brussels was “ now strong“ and “will help” the dialogue.

Summarising the latest meeting of the EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg, he added the dialogue remained under the Union’s auspices.

Borrell briefed the ministers about the latest round of the talks between Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti and informed them that a new round of the dialogue was due in July.

Borrell said the dialogue was “only one topic on the agenda with several minutes spent on it.”

On Tuesday, during the second day of the EU foreign ministers, the meeting will discuss the “Serbia-EU inter-governmental conference, but the bloc will not open any new chapters in accession talks with Belgrade.”

EU’s diplomatic sources said that the majority of the bloc’s members were against opening any new chapters, or clusters as it called under the new methodology, due, as they said, the lack of reforms in the rule of law, curbing corruption, judiciary’s independence and freedom of expression in Serbia.

The sources also said that the ministers were not likely to approve the beginning of the accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia on Tuesday, despite some member states advocated the move.