French President urges Kosovo revoke tax on Serbian goods
French President, Emmanuel Macron, wrote a
letter to his Kosovo counterpart hashim Thaci congratulating 12th
anniversary of the Independence of Kosovo.
Macron in his letter which was published
by Kosovo President has expressed his readiness that jointly with German
Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, to
organise a Summit in Paris aimed at resumption of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. French
President said that in order to achieve this, Kosovo should revoke tax on
imports of Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also said Serbia should stop its
campaign against the independence of the Republic of Kosovo.
This is the full letter of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron as published Kosovo Presdident’s Office:
On the occasion of the national holiday of
the Republic of Kosovo, I am happy to address my sincere congratulations on my
behalf and on behalf of the French people.
Since 2008, our two countries have built a
a relationship of friendship marked by trust. France stands alongside Kosovo to
help it overcome the challenges it faces today, particularly in consolidating
the rule of law, economic and social development, within the framework of the
French strategy for the Western Balkans which I adopted last spring. The French
Development Agency plans to start work in Kosovo this year. Our bilateral
cooperation also supports the European reform agenda in the country.
I also want to greet the good development
of the legislative elections of October 6th and the recent formation of the new
Kosovo government. It is important for Kosovo to continue its efforts to
implement the necessary internal reforms and to be firmly committed to seeking
an agreement with Serbia.
As I have mentioned on November 12 last
year, during the Peace Forum in Paris, you can count on my support and
willingness to welcome, in Paris, a summit bringing together the leaders of
Kosovo and Serbia with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and EU High
Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, to
facilitate the resumption of the dialogue. Action is expected from both sides:
the suspension of the 100% tax on products from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
by Kosovo; and the suspension of the “derecognition” campaign by Serbia.
Following the resumption of the dialogue, it is the turn of the European Union,
with the support of France, to facilitate talks between the two sides with the
aim to reach a comprehensive, final and legally binding agreement.
Renewing my warm congratulations, please
accept, Mr. President, the expressions of my highest consideration. /GazetaExpress/