US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said on Friday (June 4th) that the ultimate goal of the United States is to achieve mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia. However, he left open the possibility that Washington will support other modalities of the comprehensive agreement, if both parties agree.
“Our vision is for Serbia and Kosovo to be members of the European Union. But how can the two EU member states be if they do not know each other? This (mutual recognition) would open the European way for both.” “That’s why the United States sees mutual recognition as the best way to achieve that,” Palmer told Serbia’s N1 television.
Palmer and the European Union Special Representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, talked to the Belgrade authorities about the dialogue process and their visit there took place after their stay in Pristina.
Asked if there was a “Plan B”, or the possibility of reaching an agreement but not including recognition, the US diplomat replied:
“The agreement can be anything the two sides agree on. Our goal is to get the parties to sit down at the table and present what their red lines are, what they can and cannot do. We do not set the agenda, nor we do not determine the outcome, “he said.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vuiqiiq, and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, are expected to meet in June, to continue the process of dialogue between the two countries, which began in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union, but was accompanied by some interruptions and reluctance. parties to implement a series of technical agreements reached./rel