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EUSR Lajčák’s visit to Kosovo: Dialogue will continue

Mar 3, 2021

EU Special Representative for the Pristina-Belgrade Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, Miroslav Lajčák, concluded his three-day visit to Kosovo today.

Visiting Kosovo early after the recent parliamentary elections, Mr Lajčák briefed the winner of the recent parliamentary elections, Vetvendosje President Albin Kurti, in detail on the progress made in the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue since its resumption in July 2020. They also discussed next steps going forward.

“Mr Kurti and I had a very honest and constructive conversation. While of course, I understand that Mr Kurti will need some time to make himself familiar with the Dialogue and its agreements, both the EU and the US expect the process on comprehensive normalisation between Kosovo and Serbia to continue soon. I am very pleased to hear that Mr Kurti understand the importance of the Dialogue,” Mr Lajčák informed.

In Pristina, Special Representative Lajčák held meetings with Acting President Vjosa Osmani, Acting Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, and the leaders of political parties, including PDK, LDK, AAK and Srpska Lista to stress the importance of unity in the Dialogue across party lines. He also met with the representatives of the international community in Kosovo, spoke to the US Ambassador, and briefed the EU Member States on his conversations.

Taking advantage of the opportunity to meet with women political leaders, the Special Representative underlined the EU’s commitment in promoting women participation in all spheres of society, including politics. Mr Lajčák welcomed their keen interest and their active role since the beginning of the Dialogue.

From Pristina, he continues to Belgrade and Podgorica as part of his visit to the region.

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