The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkentransferred this Friday to the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, the support of the United States for the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, on the eve of the summit that will be held in North Macedonia.
During a phone call, they also addressed “the importance of promoting the well-deserved accession to the EU of the Western Balkan countries,” as well as “transatlantic unity in support of Ukraine” against Russia, the State Department said in a statement. .
“The secretary and the high representative discussed their strong support for the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo with an eye on the next meeting of leaders to be held in Ohrid, North Macedonia,” the note details.
Borrell will meet tomorrow, Saturday, in Ohrid with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, in Ohrid to draw up a road map for the implementation of the plan.
Serbia does not recognize the independence that its former province of Kosovo, populated by a large majority of ethnic Albanians, proclaimed in 2008.
Vucic and Kurti agreed last month to negotiate normalization according to the plan promoted by the EU, and supported by the United States, after months of new tensions between the two countries.
The plan should boost normalisation, a difficult process started in 2013 under the auspices of the EU, but its implementation has yet to be agreed.
The United States envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, showed his optimism about the meeting this Friday in Pristina.
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