US’ Palmer: Belgrade and Pristina to end dialogue in mutual recognition

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Source: ANADOLIJA/Mustafa Ozturk

Matthew Palmer, the US envoy for the Western Balkans, reiterated on Tuesday that the US administration's aim for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations was ended in an agreement on mutual recognition, adding that Washington strongly supported the process.

In a joint interview to Desk and KTV in Kosovo with Miroslav Lajčák, the European Union envoy for the dialogue, Palmer said he didn’t like to set deadlines.

„But we share our EU partners’ goal to push the process forward, to speed it up.“

He added the US wanted a comprehensive, legally binding agreement which
would open a clear path to European integrations.

Lajčák said that when Kosovo was in the EU, „its voice will be heard and respect,“ and that the bloc’s membership could not happen without the normalisation of the relations with Serbia.

He added that both Palmer and he both worked in the same direction – toward Kosovo and Serbia’s normalisation.