Serbian and Kosovo They took an important step this Saturday by reaching an agreement for the normalization of bilateral relations.
After a marathon meeting of twelve hours in which the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic; his Kosovar counterpart, albin kurti; and with the mediation of High Representative of the Foreign Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrellthe top managers managed to unblock the conversations that had been cut short for a long time.
“I can announce that Kosovo and Serbia have agreed on the application of the annex to the agreement for the process of normalization of relations”, assured Borrell from the town of Ohrid, in North Macedonia.
Belgrade and Pristina They have been negotiating unsuccessfully in Brussels for decades, with a poor record of implementation of agreements reached, weighed down by the conflicts derived from the violent secession dating from the late 1990s.
Both countries aspire to power join the European community blocso it is extremely necessary that they achieve stability in your relationship. “This agreement is an important step to make it happen.. We are going to continue working tirelessly until we reach a comprehensive agreement for the normalization of their relations”, continued the High Representative.
During the “prolonged and difficult” dialogue this Saturday, although always “in good faith”, Kosovo promised to apply “immediately” Article 7 of the agreement, which implies the application of a self-government mechanism for the Serb population on its territory.
“When I say immediately, I mean immediately,” stressed Borrell and also celebrated having obtained the go-ahead from Pristina to apply the declaration on missing persons with “urgency”.
“I have to admit that from the beginning we raised this issue as a non-negotiable point”, he elaborated on one of the central themes of the meeting that contemplated a wide variety of “creative proposals, both on the signature and on the substance”.
For his part, Borrell highlighted the importance of this step, beyond what directly concerns both nations. “It is clear that both parties will obtain important benefits from this agreement” although “it is not only about Kosovo and Serbia but about stability”, he explained. “In the current geopolitical context it is an important tool to maintain peace and stability in the Western Balkans region”he continued.
Beyond the statements of the High Representative of the EU in which he celebrates the agreement this Saturday, Vucic assured that nothing new was signed.
In any case, he agreed on the positive aspects of this step and celebrated the formation of political institutions for the representation of the Serb minority in northern Kosovo.
“I have to say that i am very satisfied with this. People have been talked about, donor conferences… The plan has to be expanded”, she commented, hoping to continue with the negotiations in the same “constructive atmosphere”.
Meanwhile, the president said that the European Council will be in charge of evaluating and ensuring compliance with the progress agreed in the agreement.
“Starting Monday I will receive the representatives of the parliamentary groups. We have serious work ahead of us, for the next few months, ”he concluded.
(With information from Europa Press)
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