Washington supports dialogue, cooperates with Brussels

by Cristian Florescu

In an attempt to revive the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar said his country fully cooperated with the European Union and after meeting Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti added Washington fully supported Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity, writes rs.n1info.com

„From an American perspective, I want to say that the US fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Kosovo. You have shown that you are a solid partner, a good friend, and we thank you for that,“ he said, adding the dialogue under the EU auspices had his country’s full support. Escobar added that „we see extraordinary opportunities for Kosovo and the region.“

He told a joint news conference with Kurti and the EU Special Envoy Miroslav Lajčák that they had worked with European partners to recognise the Western Balkans as a great opportunity, not a danger, and to encourage all parties to see the region as a potential future member.

Lajčák said he and Escobar were in Kosovo to send a clear message that the EU and the US cooperated and shared the vision of Kosovo, as well as a dialogue for the normalisation of relations with Serbia.

During their visit to Kosovo, Lajčák and Escobar will have meetings with representatives of political parties, civil society, and Kosovo’s international community.

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani told Escobar and Lajčák that Serbia was blocking progress in the dialogue. “It is already clear that Serbia is blocking progress in the dialogue with its unconstructive approach.”

The dialogue at the technical level continued in Brussels. Still, the main task for the two envoys seemed to be to prepare a new meeting between Kurti and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, who had met twice but without any result.

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