Kosovo: Borrell says no unilateral moves on car plate change

Work on viable solutions with EU-facilitated dialogue

23 September, 16:41

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, SEPT 23 - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU is calling for an "immediate de-escalation in North Kosovo".

    "Any provocations or unilateral actions must be avoided as they would go directly against the interest of the people of the region," Borrell said in a statement on the crisis that erupted between Serbia and Kosovo after the decision by authorities in Pristina to require vehicles entering from Serbia to replace their vehicle license plates with temporary Kosovar plates bearing the initials RKS (Republic of Kosovo).

    "We urge the leadership in Belgrade and Pristina to take a responsible approach and to work through the EU facilitated Dialogue to avoid any further escalation, restore a peaceful atmosphere and to work on viable solutions. It is in the interests of all to look for a way forward that enables freedom of movement and which improves people's daily lives," he said.

    The statement also highlighted how all agreements reached in the process of the EU-facilitated Dialogue since its inception in 2011 "remain valid and binding for both parties" and constitute "an important element for comprehensive normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia".

    "The EU and its Member States urge Kosovo and Serbia to fully respect and implement all their Dialogue obligations with no further delay".


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