Good afternoon, we had a long meeting for the Foreign Affairs Council, followed by the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting and before the Jumbo Meeting of Defence Ministers and Foreign Affairs Ministers.
Today, 30 September 2021, following extensive discussions facilitated by Miroslav Lajčák, EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, Besnik Bislimi, Chief Negotiator of Kosovo, and Petar Petković, Chief Negotiator of Serbia, reached an arrangement to resolve the tensions in the north of Kosovo and work towards a sustainable solution allowing freedom of movement for all people.
I continue to follow the situation in the north of Kosovo closely. Serbia and Kosovo need to unconditionally de-escalate the situation on the ground, by immediately withdrawing special police units and dismantling of roadblocks. Any further provocations or unilateral and uncoordinated actions are unacceptable.
The European Union calls for an immediate de-escalation in the north of Kosovo. Any provocations or unilateral actions must be avoided as they would go directly against the interest of the people of the region.
We urge the leadership in Belgrade and Pristina to take a responsible approach and to work through the EU facilitated Dialogue to avoid any further escalation, restore a peaceful atmosphere and to work on viable solutions. It is in the interests of all to look for a way forward that enables freedom of movement and which improves people’s daily lives.
10 years ago, on 8 and 9 March 2011, Edita Tahiri, Borko Stefanovic and Robert Cooper sat down for the very first time to leave the past behind and discuss how to find ways forward for the future cooperation between Kosovo and Serbia.
EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues Miroslav Lajčák visited Montenegro on 4 and 5 March, on the final leg of his visit to the Western Balkans.
During his meetings with President Milo Đukanović, Parliament Speaker Aleksa Bečić, Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić and Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović, Mr Lajčak underlined that the Western Balkans are the EU’s top priority and that the region’s EU integration is in our shared interest.