European Union External Action

Belgrade – Pristina Dialogue: Remarks by High Representative Josep Borrell ahead of the resumption of talks

Brussels, 12/07/2020 - 10:46, UNIQUE ID: 200712_1
Remarks

I am glad that we are resuming the Belgrade Pristina Dialogue by videoconference, given the circumstances, and I welcome the commitment of both parties. Our aim is clear: to restart serious and intense work on the normalisation of the relations between the two sides.

Today, I’m accompanied by EU Special Representative [for the Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues] Miroslav Lajčák.

The European Union has been and continues to be ready to support and to facilitate the efforts to find a comprehensive, final and legally binding normalization agreement. An agreement that addresses all outstanding issues. Such an agreement is crucial for a better future of the people of Kosovo and Serbia, it is crucial for their European perspective and for the security and stability of the entire region. All of that is also crucial for the EU.

The absence of a solution is hampering the development of the two sides. We know that it is not an easy process. It has never been. But there is urgency to work towards peace and prosperity for the sake of our common future.

The talks will require political courage from both sides, it will require commitment and engagement in the spirit of compromise and pragmatism. It has never been easy to find solutions to problems that lasted for so long and were so painful but this is why we are here today to try again.

See video here https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-193143