German Govt after Borrell’s statement on Kosovo border: We are in favour of an agreement which would serve stability in the region
Government headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel says that they support Kosovo-Serbia
dialogue facilitated by the EU and are in favour of an agreement which would be
of benefit for both Serbs and Albanians and contribute to stability in the
region. The Government in Berlin made the comments when asked by Gazeta Express
to comment statements of the EU High Representative Josep Borrell who has not
ruled out the correction of border idea as a final solution to Kosovo-Serbia
Government has continuously opposed the idea of redrawing border between Kosovo
and Serbia since the initiative was presented to public by presidents Hashim
Thaci of Kosovo and Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia at the Alpbach Forum in Austria
in August 2018. The controversial idea of correction of borders or land swap
which was considered as dangerous for the stability in the Western Balkans was
considered dead during the Berlin Summit held in April 2020, however recent
statements of the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, prove hat some
political analysts are reiterating that the land swap idea “is not dead, but is
roaming like a ghost.”
Borrell in a
statement to media on 5 May 2020 said that is up to Kosovo and Serbia to decide
whether they want to talk on correction of borders and the EU cannot dictate to
parties on what they should or should not agree upon during the EU-facilitated
dialogue. Borrell’s statement are in line with his predecessor Federica
Mogherini when she asked whether she is against change of borders between
Kosovo and Serbia.
Government of Germany in an answer to Gazeta Express said that Berlin continues
to strongly support the normalization dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo facilitated
by the EU. “The goal remains a legally binding agreement on the comprehensive
normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, which would serve the
populations in both countries and contribute to the stability in the region,” a
spokesperson of the German Government told Gazeta Express.
leaders in Kosovo are against entering negotiations with Serbia on territories.
The caretaker Government headed by Albin Kurti told Gazeta Express on Wednesday
that very dialogue involving negotiations on partition of Kosovo is unacceptable.
Also, the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Isa Mustafa, said on
Thursday that no one can correct borders of Kosovo.
All experts of
the politics in the Western Balkans have repeatedly stated that redrawing
borders would destabilise the region. /GazetaExpress/