Five foreign diplomats coming to Belgrade and Pristina today

According to announcements, the five foreign diplomats will arrive in Belgrade and Pristina today – Emmanuel Bonne, Jens Plettner, Francesco Talo, Gabriel Escobar and Miroslav Lajcak – who will, according to analysts, present two key goals – renewing the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and formalizing the European proposal as a platform for continuing the dialogue.

When Plettner and Bonn were in Belgrade and Pristina for the first time last September as advisers to the German Chancellor and the French President respectively, the so-called Scholz-Macron proposal for a solution to the Kosovo issue appeared shortly after, which has since been modified.

However, in recent months, that proposal could not be negotiated due to frequent crisis situations in Kosovo and Metohija. It is expected that this document will now be on the negotiating table because Plettner and Bonn are coming in the region for the second time together with the EU special envoy for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Miroslav Lajcak, and the US special envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar. This time they will be joined by an Italian, Francesco Talo, the diplomatic advisor of the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni.

EU Foreign Policy Spokesperson Peter Stano confirmed that the diplomatic five will meet with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Pristina, and with President Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade.

“The conversation will focus on the next steps in the process of normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo,” announced Stano.

Former diplomat Zoran Milivojević points out for the Blic that the Western delegation arrives in the region with two goals.

“The first is to renew the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. This is in the strategic interest of both Washington and the EU due to the need to calm tensions in the region and avoid conflicts. Another goal is to formalize the Scholz-Macron or European plan as a platform for continuing dialogue,” Milivojević assesses.

As he says, one of the topics of discussion in Belgrade is also going to be the formation of the Association of Serbian Municipalities.

(Blic, 20.01.2023)


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