Pressure mounts on dialogue process as Lajcak and Escobar visit Kosovo

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Miroslav Lajcak and Gabriel Escobar entered Tuesday on the second day of their official visit to Kosovo where the main theme of their agenda is the dialogue process with Serbia.

Sources near the opposition emphasize that the United States has been pressuring political actors to push forward with the dialogue process, something signaled in all three meetings with high-ranking state officials.

The EU and US envoys began their three-day visit by meeting with opposition leader Memli Krasniqi. The leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo commended the meeting and released a statement strikingly similar to that posted later by PM Albin Kurti.

“PDK supports the dialogue as a means to achieve a final comprehensive Kosovo-Serbia agreement, which guarantees mutual recognition, without undermining the sovereignty of the state, territorial integrity and constitutional order”, Krasniqi said.

Another statement, which didn’t really differ from that of PDK, was released by the office of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the other opposition party that met with the Lajcak and Escobar.

“LDK supports the dialogue process between the Republic of Kosovo and Serbia, which must conclude with mutual recognition and fully normalized ties between the two countries – by respecting territorial integrity and the constitutional order of Kosovo”, said Lumir Abdixhiku, the leader of LDK.

The only one to maintain a different stance after meeting the two diplomats was Ramush Haradinaj, the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.

Haradinaj reiterated the importance that the United States in the dialogue table.

“I reiterated our commitment for an inclusive and legally binding agreement, whose epilogue is reciprocal recognition according to existing borders, and that respects the constitutional order of the Republic of Kosovo, something that can only be achieved with the active role of the United States of America”, Haradinaj said.

On Monday, US Special Envoy Gabriel Escobar said that talks mediated by the European Union should continue.

The EU and US Envoys, respectively Lajcak and Escobar, will hold a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the outcome of their 3-day visit.

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