Lajcak Says Kosovo Dialogue to Continue, Osmani Says No Talks on Borders

European Union envoy Miroslav Lajcak said in Pristina on Tuesday (02.03) that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue will be continued once the new Kosovo government takes office. 

“The EU and the US support the continued dialogue on issues important to every citizen of Kosovo… The dialogue will continue, we will create internal procedures”, the Serbian state TV (RTS) reported him as saying after a meeting with acting President Vjosa Osmani. He called for political unity in Pristina, saying that the dialogue is not the sole responsibility of one side or one party. 

He said that the EU and the US are in partnership with Kosovo. “The message is that the EU member states and the US are looking forward to continuing the dialogue… That is why I had talks with (Vetevendosje leader Albin) Kurti and Osmani to see where we are with the dialogue. The conclusion at those meetings is that the dialogue will be continued”, he said. 

Osmani told the media that she told Lajcak that part of the process should be reviewed as part of preparations to continue the talks. She said the dialogue should result in mutual recognition within the current borders of Kosovo. “We have to be sure that we keep to the mandate from parliament, the red lines it sets. No negotiations on the borders of Kosovo are allowed. There is no negotiation on the status of Kosovo, we expect it to end in recognition”, Osmani said. 

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