EU: “By lobbying against Kosovo, Serbia is breaching normalization agreement”

European Union (EU) spokesman Peter Stano said today that Belgrade is violating the Agreement on the Normalization of Relations between Kosovo and Serbia by lobbying against Kosovo’s membership in international organizations.

“The agreement is valid and binding in its entirety for both Kosovo and Serbia, including Article 4 of this agreement. Serbia’s lobbying against Kosovo is a clear violation of the Agreement”, Stano noted.

The statement, forwarded to the media and cited by Radio Free Europe, for the first time explicitly confirms that Serbia is violating the agreement on the path to normalization with Kosovo by actively working toward preventing Kosovo’s membership in international organizations.

In February 2023, Serbia and Kosovo reached an agreement on the path to normalization of relations, and in March that same year an implementation annex to the agreement was agreed in Ohrid, North Macedonia.

Article 4 of the agreement stipulates that Serbia will not object to Kosovo’s membership in any international organization.

Kosovo failed to join the Council of Europe because it did not meet the condition set by its important members – the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities.

Asked whether mutual recognition is the goal of the dialogue on the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, Stano said that Brussels’ position on this issue has not changed and remains the same, as it has been conveyed many times in the past and as stated in the accession criteria.

Earlier, the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Christopher Hill said that the EU would not demand Serbia to recognize Kosovo’s independence de jure as a prerequisite for joining the EU but that the Union is asking for exactly what it says it is asking for – and that is normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

Hill told NIN weekly that the EU wants peace and security in the region and between Kosovo and Serbia.

It has been made very clear that there are EU members that do not recognize Kosovo, so the real question is to try to achieve normalization where the borders will not be dividing lines, but lines that unite, said Hill, adding that he would like to see more progress on the normalization front.

Asked if he thinks the EU’s admission of the entire region would reduce tensions in the Western Balkans and Russia’s and China’s influence, and whether this is possible without the US, Hill stressed that the EU makes decisions on its own, and when a country wants to join the EU, the US supports it, as is the case with Serbia.

(Beta, Voice of America, 13.06.2024)


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