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EU: Kosovo's National Interest Is to Normalise Relations with Serbia

Europe | April 20, 2017, Thursday @ 10:15| 167 views

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­ We believe it is in the national interest of Kosovo, first, to solve open issues with Serbia through normalisation of relations which we define as visible and sustainable improvement of relations aimed at improving the lives of people, Nataliya Apostolova, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, stated.

Second, to improve relations within Kosovo between Serbs and Albanians in a mutually agreeable way. And third, to help Kosovo achieve progress on its European path.

The Pristina­-Belgrade Dialogue is a tool that combines all three processes. It is therefore in the national interest of Kosovo to participate in this process and to play a pro­-active and constructive role.

It is in this context that the agreement on the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities should be viewed. It was agreed between the two sides within the EU facilitated Dialogue. It is within the Dialogue framework that the EU expects relations between the sides to further normalise and the Association/Community to be established as soon as possible. Progress on the Dialogue is a prerequisite for both to make progress on their respective EU paths, Apostolova underlined.

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