US State Department: Kosovo and Serbia to determine on their own foreign policy priorities
Yesterday, Kosovo has officially applied for membership into the Council of Europe. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has reacted to Kosovo’s move claiming that Pristina has violated the 2020 Washington Agreement with Kosovo agreeing to a one-year moratorium on efforts to join international organizations while Serbia agreed to a one-year moratorium on its campaign against recognition of Kosovo as a state.
But the pledge
for a one-year moratorium has already expired while the US, who brokered the
deal say that the moratorium was designed to expand the space for discussion and
compromise between the two countries. A US State Department spokesperson told
Gazeta Express Friday that Kosovo and Serbia are sovereign countries with the
right to determine their own foreign policy priorities.
Serbia are sovereign countries with the right to determine their own foreign
policy priorities. The moratorium was designed to expand the space for
discussion and compromise between Kosovo and Serbia, which we believe is in
both countries’ strategic interests. We
maintain that the EU-facilitated Dialogue on normalization of their relations
is essential for both countries to unlock their European futures and urge their
urgent, flexible, and serious engagement in that process,” a State Department
Spokesperson said. /GazetaExpress/