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OSCE chief supports EU-US plan in Kosovo talks

Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia. archive photo

OSCE Chairman Osmani supports EU-US plan in Kosovo talks

BELGRADE, March 18 – RIA Novosti. OSCE Presidency Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani supported The proposal presented by the EU and the US at the talks on a solution in Kosovo, which took place Saturday in Ohrid, North Macedonia.

Negotiations between Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and self-proclaimed Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, with the participation of EU diplomat Josef Borrell and Special Envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajcak, have been going on for more than 10 hours in Ohrid. The subject of discussion is the plan for the implementation of the Euro-American proposal for a settlement in Kosovo.

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In the afternoon, Lajcak and US Deputy Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar met at the OSCE Presidency of North Macedonian Minister Osmani, an ethnic Albanian.

“We talked about the importance of reaching an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia and the valuable assistance of the EU and the USA. The Ohrid agreement (About the 2001 ceasefire between Albanian separatists and Macedonian authorities – ed.), Friendship agreement (Sofia) and Skopje 2017 – ed.) and the Prespa Agreement (Athens and Skopje on the 2018 renaming of North Macedonia – ed.) provides an example of how a solution through dialogue is possible.”

On Saturday night, Vučić announced that he would “not sign anything in Ohrid”. It had previously reported that the EU has not yet submitted to Belgrade its plan for the implementation of the settlement in Kosovo in accordance with the Euro-American proposal. In Belgrade, right-wing patriotic opposition parties staged mass actions Friday evening against the EU proposal, with a parade in the city center and a rally demanding the resignation of the president and government.

The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has previously published the full text of the US-backed European proposal, which includes clauses on mutual recognition of documents and state symbols and Belgrade’s refusal to prevent Pristina from joining international organisations. Lajcak said on Wednesday night that the proposal has been accepted and published by the parties, and is expected to be approved for “full implementation” of the program. He added that the EU and US leadership insisted on the creation of a community of Serb communities with autonomy rights in the province by Kosovo Albanian authorities under the 2013 Brussels Agreement.

US Deputy Secretary of State Gabriel Escobar said last Thursday that he does not expect the document to be signed at the March 18 talks in North Macedonia on resolving relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo had previously expressed his readiness during a meeting with the President of Serbia on March 18 to approve a program for the implementation of the Euro-American settlement plan.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on March 11 that he would not sign a surrender document, would not support self-proclaimed Kosovo’s UN membership and would not recognize its independence.

A mass march was held in the Serbian capital against the West’s plan for Kosovo.

Source: Ria



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