EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell is in favor of an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia that does not involve land swap.
RFE/REL reports that Borrell warned land swap between Kosovo and Serbia may have a ‘domino effect’ on the entire region. “The best thing to do,” he said, “is maintain the status quo.”
Borrell stated that although any agreement must necessarily have the support of both Kosovo and Serbia, the two countries cannot act any way they want, as their actions may have collateral consequences in the region.
Regarding the role of the United States in the dialogue, Borrell said that the EU “is not racing” the US. Nonetheless, he pointed out that the dialogue was started by the EU. “If the US wants to help,” he said, “this is a good thing. Let them give us a hand.” Earlier this week, Borrell had emphasized that the EU-led dialogue is the way toward the EU integration for Kosovo and Serbia.
The future of the #WesternBalkans, including both Kosovo and Serbia, is European. As EU we are committed to accompany them on every step of their path. But to make the European future a reality for their people, there is no way around the EU-facilitated Dialogue.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) May 27, 2020
Borrell also announced that the dialogue will restart as soon as Kosovo’s internal political situation stabilizes.