Lajcak’s strategy on Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, the EU says it will not reveal all its actions
European Union does not yet have a specific date for the resumption of the dialogue
on the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade. The EU
spokesman Peter Stano said the dialogue should resume as soon as the conditions
created by the COVID-19 pandemic allow, while stressing that the issue of
returning to the negotiating table also depends on Kosovo and Serbia. As for
the EU special representative for the dialogue Miroslav Lajcak’s plans for
co-operation with Richard Grenell, Stano said he would not provide a running
commentary about talks or plans with partners.
Since taking over the
post of EU special representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav
Lajcak has been in constant contact with all political and institutional
representatives of the Republic of Kosovo.
spokesman Peter Stano told Gazeta Express that Lajcak was preparing the ground
for resuming the negotiation process without delay. “The new EU Special
Representative is in constant contact with all relevant partners to hear their
views, expectations and concerns in order to prepare the ground, so that the
dialogue can continue without delay,” he said. Stano.
says the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue is a priority for the EU and should resume
as soon as the situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic allows. “Relaunching
the Dialogue is a priority and should be achieved as soon as possible. The
status quo in the Dialogue is not tenable and the Dialogue should resume as
soon as possible, once the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemics allows
it,” he said.
However, Stano stressed
that the timing, agenda and pace of the Dialogue is not only up to the EU “but
shaped together with the two sides (Kosovo and Serbia) and their ability to
regarding the cooperation and when Lajcak is expected to be contacted by
Richard Grenell as US special representative (for the dialogue), Stano said
that they will not provide information about each step or conversation that
Lajcak makes, or about plans with partners.
“As we have stressed
after the appointment of the EUSR M. Lajčák, the nature of his job is to reach
out to all relevant partners and engage in consultations and discussions in
order to assess the current state of play in the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue. We
are not providing a running commentary, nor timetables, on every single step he
takes and every conversation he has or plans with the partners,” said Stano.