Kosovo: EU envoy in Pristina, dialogue to end within months

Osmani to Lajcak: 'no talks on borders. Serbia must apologise'

02 March, 15:24

    (ANSAmed) - PRISTINA, 02 MAR - Miroslav Lajcak, European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, said Tuesday on the second day of his visit to Pristina that the negotiation between Belgrade and Pristina will conclude within a few months.

    Speaking to journalists at the end of a meeting with Acting President Vjosa Osmani, Lajcak said that it is not, however, up to the EU to speed up the negotiation process, but that Belgrade and Pristina must establish when to resume the dialogue.

    "If the respective delegations meet monthly or weekly, the process will be facilitated," Lajcak said.

    "We don't expect that all of it will last three, five or ten years," he said, adding that he hopes for a conclusion to the negotiation and to reach an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina by the end of Albin Kurti's term.

    Lajcak met with Kurti, who won the February 14 elections and is the main candidate to lead the new government, immediately after his arrival in Pristina on Monday.

    Lajcak said the EU is closely collaborating with the US to facilitate a solution to the Kosovo question, and with the new administration of US President Joe Biden this collaboration will become closer.

    For Osmani's part, as head of parliament she is carrying out the functions of acting president following the November arrest of President Hashim Thaci, who is accused of war crimes.

    She said Pristina will not allow for the discussion of possible changes to Kosovo's borders and territorial integrity.

    She said the dialogue with Belgrade must be "reset" and be directed towards reciprocal recognition of the current borders between Serbia and Kosovo.

    She also said it is time that Serbia apologises for war crimes in Kosovo.

    On Tuesday, Lajcak also met with outgoing Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and leaders from the various political forces.

    No statements were made following the meeting with Hoti, but on Facebook Hoti said the dialogue is based on three fundamental principles: a final accord with reciprocal recognition between Belgrade and Pristina, no negotiation on Kosovo's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the untouchability of the Kosovar Constitution.

    Lajcak will remain in Pristina through Wednesday, when he will travel to Belgrade to meetings with Serbian officials.

    The last stop of his visit to the region will subsequently be in Montenegro. (ANSAmed).

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