EU envoy calls on Kosovo, Serbia to resume talks

Photo: EPA Miroslav Lajcak during a press conference in Pristina, 2 March 2021.

The EU’s special envoy Miroslav Lajcak on Tuesday called on Kosovo and Serbia to resume talks on normalizing their ties, AP reported. Lajcak is on a three-day visit to Pristina before going to Belgrade. After a White House summit and talks in Brussels in September, the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo has stalled.

Lajcak on Monday had “a constructive meeting” with Albin Kurti, who is expected to become Kosovo’s new prime minister after his Self-Determination Movement Party won parliamentary election on 14 February. The dialogue could be concluded in months if Pristina and Belgrade were willing to, Lajcak said at a news conference after meeting with acting President Vjosa Osmani on Tuesday. “We definitely don’t need another 10 years, not even five years, not even three years, if there is commitment, if there is willingness of the parties,” he said.

For Osmani, the final goal of the dialogue would be both Kosovo and Serbia becoming EU members.

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