Joint Stakeout by the EU members of the UN Security Council (Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany) plus the UK and incoming UN Security Council members Norway and Ireland on UNMIK, October 21

21.10.2020 - Press release

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We, European Union Member States of the Security Council, Estonia, Belgium, France, Germany, joined today by the United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway strongly support the efforts of the EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajčák.  We welcome the decision to resume the dialogue process taken on 10 July which effectively resumed on 12 July and are encouraged by the substantial work done since then under the auspices of the High Representative Josep Borrell and the EUSR Lajčák. The EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is the only viable option for reaching a comprehensive and sustainable normalization agreement between Kosovo and Serbia. 

We welcome that both governments of Serbia and Kosovo have confirmed their strategic commitment to their EU future. The EU Facilitated Dialogue is a key condition for taking steps in their respective European path.

We call on all political actors in Kosovo and Serbia to work together and build political consensus towards the common goal. This will also require determined reform efforts from both countries to strengthen the rule of law, in particular the fight against corruption and organised crime, and to promote socio-economic development. We hereby highlight the importance of the strong cooperation with EULEX.  We also stress that respect of and cooperation with the Specialist Chambers is an international obligation for Kosovo.

Finally, we call on both parties to further build trust and refrain from negative rhetoric and provocative acts that raise tensions and risk causing setbacks in the Dialogue. We expect both parties to work constructively with EU Special Representative Lajčák towards reaching a legally binding, comprehensive agreement on the normalisation of relations, in accordance with international law and  EU acquis, an agreement that also contributes to regional stability.

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