UN: Dialogue crucial for European aspirations of both Serbia and Kosovo

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Source: John MACDOUGALL/AFP

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday that lasting peace, stability and social-economic development in Kosovo and the region depended on improving the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations.

Guterres told the UN Security Council’s video session about the sixth-month report on the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, that „though I welcome clear statements about the dialogue’s importance, I highlight the importance of a true commitment to the resumption of the talks at the high level under the European Union auspices soon.“

The Secretary-General praised Kosovo’s institutions, political parties and voters for well organised early general elections, calling on Pristina leaders to use that elan.

Guterres also said that despite three rounds of negotiations at the expert level and both sides’ readiness to meet and solve pending issues, Belgrade and Pristina have to reconcile views, including the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities.