Von der Leyen calls for de-escalation in Pristina

NEWS 29.09.2021 14:17
Ursula fon der Lajen, Aljbin Kurti
Source: FoNet/EU

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for a de-escalation of the situation in the north of Kosovo during her meetings with officials in Pristina on Wednesday.

Von der Leyen had separate meetings with Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

A press release from the President’s cabinet quoted Osmani as saying that Kosovo is “simply implementing a legal aspect and does not intend to make the security situation more tense. She said that Kosovo’s future is in the European Union and added the EU should have a clear strategy for the integration of the Western Balkans. She said that Kosovo is the constructive side and that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue should end in mutual recognition as the only solution for sustainable peace in the region.

The press release made no mention of what Von der Leyen said during their meeting.

Speaking after her meeting with Prime Minister Kurti, the President of the European commission called for a de-escalation of the situation following Pristina’s decision to ban Serbian license plates. She told a joint news conference that she is worried about the latest events, adding that the chief negotiators, Petar Petkovic and Besnik Bislimi are in Brussels discussing the situation and that she hopes the problem will be resolved.

Kurti expressed hope that a solution will be found. “We have expressed that readines at Monday’s meeting with the KFOR commander,” he said. According to Kurti, the Kosovo Serbs agreed to the removal of their barricades and the replacement of police special units with KFOR troops but that “there is an individual in Serbia who speaks the language of the 1990s”, alluding to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.