The EU special envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, posted a series of photos on his Twitter account with a map of the Western Balkans adorning his office, provoking reactions in Kosovo.
During an interview with Miroslav Lajcak from his office, the blurred image behind him showed a map of the Western Balkans that, according to Kosovo media, did not show the border line between Serbia and Kosovo, as provided for in Resolution 1244.
More specifically, the Kosovar journalist and editor-in-chief of TV Klan Kosova, Adriatik Kelmendi, wrote on Twitter that Lajcak should apologize for sitting down during the interview in front of a map depicting Kosovo as part of Serbia, “otherwise he should be welcomed by everyone in Kosovo to on Monday ”.
EU on the map of Kosovo’s appearance as part of Serbia: We have a neutral position https://t.co/ZNroXKnOi4
– Adriatik Kelmendi (@adriatikk) February 25, 2021
“If his gesture comes from negligence, it shows how carelessly he took on his role as EU negotiator in the dialogue process, and this is bad news. “If he did it consciously, then he is in line with Serbia and he can not be considered impartial in the dialogue,” Kelmendi said.
Stano: Official map of the EU
Following the post by Klan Kosova journalist, EU spokesman Peter Stano said that the map in the office of the EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue was an “official EU map” that it is neutral on the Kosovo issue, which is in line with the EU position.
Miroslav Lajcak, in an attempt to misuse the situation, published the map adorning his office, explaining that the map is the official EU for the Western Balkans.
“While the map in my office in vague photos of my interview caused some misunderstandings today, I share a close-up photo. It is an official EU map of the Western Balkans. “Kosovo is there and this is the line that separates Kosovo from Serbia,” Lajcak wrote.
While the map in my office on the blurry screen of my interview has caused some misunderstandings today, I am sharing a close-up photo of her. It is an official EU map of the Western Balkans. Kosovo is there and it is also the line that separates Kosovo from Serbia. pic.twitter.com/VXFggOLmug
– Miroslav Lajčák (@MiroslavLajcak) February 25, 2021
Continuing in his post, he notes that this “today is an example of why the Dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is so important. “So such issues will no longer cause misunderstandings.”