Macron urges Kurti to dialogue with Belgrade

French President, Emmanuel Macron, expects the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to continue immediately after the formation of new Kosovo’s government in order for the two sides to reach a comprehensive agreement.

In a letter to the interim president of Pristina’s provisional institutions, Vjosa Osmani, on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of its unilaterally declared independence, Macron wrote that he would welcome “Kosovo’s commitment to dialogue with Serbia as soon as its new executive is formed,” according to agreements following the meeting between him and Chancellor Merkel on July 10, 2020.

“I fully support the mediation of the European Union and its representative for dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, with the aim of reaching a comprehensive, final and legally binding agreement,” the French president said in a letter relayed by Pristina media.

“It is important that the discussions can continue as soon as possible, after the formation of the new government of Kosovo, on the basis of the progress already made,” Macron underlined.

The leader of the Self-Determination Movement, winner of the elections in Kosovo and Metohija, Albin Kurti, on the other hand, said that he wants to make a deal via the “internal dialogue with the Kosovo Serbs”, reiterating that the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade is not one of his party’s priorities.

“This issue ranks sixth or seventh among our priorities. All polls show that their main concerns are employment, economy and justice. However, I am willing to compromise and put dialogue with Serbia among my priorities,” the Kosovar leader concluded.

(B92, 16.01.2021)

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