German Ambassador to Belgrade Thomas Schieb does not think that the EU and the US are being lenient with the Kosovo side. He said that regardless of the result of the parliamentary elections in Germany in September, there will be no substantial changes in Germany’s policy towards Serbia.
Scheib disagreed with the journalist of the Serbian media “Kurir” (a medium close to the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic), when he asked him if the EU and the US are being lenient with Kosovo.
“We expect both sides to approach these negotiations constructively and we are clearly informing the authorities, both in Belgrade and in Pristina. Of course, it is important to have a certain level of mutual trust from both parties. “That is why it is good that President (Aleksandar) Vucic and Prime Minister (Albin) Kurti met in person,” Schieb said.
He stressed that it is important for both parties to respect the principle of agreement and implementation.
Asked about the possibility of Russia’s involvement in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, the German ambassador recalled that the United Nations has authorized the EU to mediate in the dialogue and stressed that the Americans confirmed their readiness to support this process under EU mediation. of.
“It would be good if positive signals also came from Moscow,” he said.
Schieb also referred to the emergence of many “non-papers” regarding the Western Balkans and stressed that Germany’s position is clear – there are no border changes because, as he said, this would create additional problems instead of solving the existing ones. which would result in dangerous destabilization of the region.
“Sometimes an emotionally driven discussion about so-called ‘non-papers’ of undetermined origin is appropriate to divert attention from important topics that represent a challenge, and that is to improve regional co-operation and reconciliation with surrounding countries,” he said. the German ambassador.