Beyer: Kosovo-Serbia change of border dangerous, Germany’s position will not change
Peter Beyer, member of the German Parliament from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Rapporteur for Kosovo at the Council of Europe (CoE), in an interview with Gazeta Express reiterated his position against redrawing of border between Kosovo and Serbia. He said that Germany’s position remains unchanged when it comes to idea of changing borders between the two countries.
German MP said the only task in the negotiation table between Kosovo and Serbia is reaching a comprehensive and legally binding agreement. He said that Germany in coordination with other European partners should take leading role in the dialogue process.
Express: How do you see the statement of the
EU High Representative Mr. Josep Borell and do you think that the EU should
focus on a dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia that would end in mutual
recognition between the two countries and not on border change or land swap
Beyer: I do not know the interview by Mr.
Borell. In any event, our position remains firm: No touching of the borders
between Serbia and Kosovo! Period! Nobody should live under the illusion of a
possible change in Germany‘s position here. That will not happen. It is clear
that the mere public pondering of such a notion is contrary to the interests of
peace and stability in the whole Western Balkans region. It is also not
helpful, if every now and then old or new ideas are tossed into the public
debate. A focus on the normalization process with the aim of a comprehensive,
legally binding agreement remains the homework on the table. No news there.
Express: Do you think that Germany should
play a key role in the facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia?
Beyer: As in the past, Germany remains committed
to the EU accession process of the countries of the Western Balkans in general
and to the normalization process between Serbia and Kosovo in particular. I agree
that Germany, always in close coordination with its European partners, should
take leading role in this.
Express: As a Coordinator of Transatlantic
Cooperation of the Federal Government of Germany, how do you see the role of
the Special Envoy of President Donald Trump, Richard Grenell in the dialogue
between Kosovo and Serbia?
Beyer: The United States of America are a close
ally and friend of both Germany and the Republic of Kosovo. Both belong to the
earliest recognizers of Kosovo as a sovereign state. There is a frequent
exchange of experiences, ideas and political approaches between the USA and
Germany with regard to the Western Balkans. The USA certainly understands that
the integration and accession of the countries of the Western Balkans into the European Union is foremost a genuine
European issue. Only the EU can help to overcome political and historical
challenges and lay the path towards an EU membership.
as a Rapporteur for Kosovo in the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe
you urged political responsibility and respect for the rule of law after the
Constitutional Court suspended the decree of the President of Kosovo until 29
may, to form a new coalition government.
Express: Do you that Kosovo will overcome
this institutional strangle and be ready to start the dialogue with Serbia?
Beyer: The current political and constitutional
crises in Kosovo come at a time where the world is hit hard by a global
pandemic, resulting in an enormous hardship for the citizens of the small,
poor, but proud country. I am still confident that political players will
understand the signals and are lead by reason and responsibility. There must
not be riots in the streets, nor in the parliament, as seen in the past. The
people are suffering and need a perspective that the three crises are mastered
by those in the nation‘s leading positions.
the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit is being held, and on of the issues that
people of Kosovo are still facing is the visa liberalization.
Express: Do you think that the European Union
should finally agree to give the green light for Kosovo and remove the visa
Beyer: Visa liberalization is overdue. I am
ashamed that the EU has not delivered in this context, yet. There can be no
further excuses by single member states of the EU if we do not want to put into
question completely our credibility. But I also know that there is a lot of
good will to make free movement for the citizens of Kosovo possible at last.