The I’LL TAKE urges that Serbia and Kosovo lower tensions. The secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has held separate meetings with the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucicand with the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurtiin the first of the two days of meetings in Brussels. Blockades at border crossings Serbia in protest against the prohibition of identity documents and Serb license plates in Kosovar territory heated up the spirits between both parties at the end of July.
Jens Stoltenberg, General Secretary of the I’LL TAKEhighlights: “Although the situation on the ground has improved, it is the responsibility of all parties, especially the authorities in Belgrade and Pristina, to prevent a new escalation. I call on all parties to restrain themselves and avoid violence. In the event that stability is jeopardized, International Security Force for Kosovo (KFOR) stands ready to intervene and will take all necessary measures to ensure a safe environment and freedom of movement for the entire population of Kosovo.”
Aleksandar VucicPresident of Serbiasays: “Don’t expect us Serbs to stand by and express how good we feel. There is a new generation of children, of young people in northern Kosovo and in Kosovo in general who don’t tolerate it. They don’t see Kosovo as a independent country, as 22 of the 27 EU member states do, but see it as a territory of Serbia.
Kurti For his part, he assured that Kosovo has shown its commitment to protecting principles and values common to the Atlantic Alliance and has lamented the Russian influence in Belgrade.
“On one side is the democratic state of kosovo. We have a professional police within our republic. And on the other hand, on the other side, you have illegal structures in Serbia that have turned into criminal gangs that put up barricades. And in this sense, it can be said that there are two sides, but we must never lose the north,” added Kurti.
The next step in the dialogue between Belgrade y Pristina will be this Thursday with the head of diplomacy of the European Union. Despite the fact that it is a dialogue forum opened by themselves in 2011 to normalize their relationship, according to the rhetoric and the crossed accusations, a complicated meeting is predicted.