Tensions in the North, Lajcak and Escobar visit Kosovo and Serbia next week



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European Union’s special envoy for the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, Miroslav Lajcak, and the US special envoy for the Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, are expected to visit Pristina and Belgrade next week, more precisely on Monday and Tuesday, they have diplomatic sources in Brussels told Radio Free Europe.

Their visit, according to these sources, will have two main purposes:

The first purpose is to find a solution to get out of the current situation which risks damaging everything that the EU considers to be a success in the dialogue. So, the focus will first be on reducing tensions and continuing efforts based on what has been proposed after the meeting in Moldova.

In Moldova, on June 1, the leaders of Germany and France, Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron, asked Kosovo and Serbia to hold new elections in the municipalities in the north of Kosovo, during their meeting with the presidents of both countries, Vjosa Osmani and Aleksandar Vucic.

While the second purpose will be continuation of the work in sequencing the steps to implement the agreement reached in Brussels and the annex on which the parties agreed in Ohrid. The European Union had called the reaching of the agreement on the path towards normalization of relations as an “exit from phase of crisis management to a phase of normalization”.

However, due to the escalation of situation in the north of Kosovo in recent days, for which the responsibility was transferred to Kosovo authorities, who insisted that the elected mayors of the municipalities enter the buildings, the EU’s activity has again turned to the management of crises.





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