Spain’s Joseph Borell opposes Kosovo-Serbia land swap
EU leaders nominated Tuesday Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as foreign policy chief. He would replace Italian Federica Mogherini, who for a long time has facilitated high level dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.
Borell comes from a country which is one
of the five EU members refusing to recognise Kosovo’s independence. Media in
Kosovo and analysts say this is worrying for the future of the EU-facilitated
dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade. But Borell in his capacity as Foreign
Minister of Spain was opposing to the idea on exchange of territories between
Kosovo and Serbia. He stated this during an informal meeting of EU’s foreign
ministers held last year in Austria.
Commenting the idea on exchange of
territories, with Kosovo giving northern municipalities inhabited with Serbs,
in exchange of Presheva Valley, Borell has stated that the Europe has not been
built in the support of ethnically pure states. “Europe has not been built on
ethnically homogenous principles, when it comes to cultures and ethnicities.
The Europe has been built to help people of different ethnicities live
together,” Borell has stated in August 2018. He stated that he shares on sympathy
to the land swap idea. “The discussions on redrawing of borders, has triggered
no sympathy,” Borell has stated.
Among other things Borell stated last year
that a potential agreement between Kosovo and Serbia would help EU
non-recognisers, including Spain, to take a final decision on Kosovo. He also
stated that Spain is not an obstacle for reaching a final agreement between
Pristina and Belgrade. /GazetaExpress/