The UK continues to encourage Serbia to take sanctions against Russia because it is the last state in the Western Balkans not to have done so and urges it to investigate any irregularities in the elections held in December in order to preserve the integrity of the election process, Lord Stuart Peach, the British government’s Special Envoy to the Western Balkans, said.
Belgrade should act in accordance with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which in its preliminary report made specific remarks on the election process, said Stuart Peach who visited Croatia for the fifth time since he was appointed the prime minister’s special envoy in late 2021.
Lord Peach expressed absolute support for reconciliation efforts between Serbia and Kosovo, condemning unreservedly the armed conflict near the village of Banjska in the north of Kosovo, in which Serbian citizens attacked Kosovo police.
He said that was a “serious incident,” emphasizing the full cooperation on the investigation by Kosovo authorities, which he “also pointed out during a visit to Belgrade.”
He added that the quantity of arms discovered could have had a destabilizing impact in Kosovo, commending the Kosovo police for behaving professionally and in a coordinated fashion.
Normalizing relations between Belgrade and Pristina will benefit the citizens of both states, and also the wider region, including Croatia, and the future of Kosovo is that of a „multiethnic republic“, said Lord Peach.
When asked about the Republic of Srpska and its status in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Peach said that Srpska cannot be an independent state, that official London “condemns the threats” of Srpska’s secession and continues to support the Dayton Agreement.
In terms of Serbia imposing sanctions on Russia, Lord Peach stated that the British government insists on Serbia doing so since Serbia is the only Western Balkan country that hasn’t imposed sanctions.
(Politika, N1, 25.01.2024)
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