US Deputy Undersecretary of State and US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer said that Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Vucic could sign an agreement this year to normalize relations between the two countries.
In terms of borders and territories, Palmer does not see it as an issue that Kosovo is willing to commit to.
“I think there are many more productive areas for discussion now that need to be addressed,” he said.
At the same time, the US diplomat in an interview with the Serbian newspaper “Blic” said that the United States encourages, as it has done so far, the full implementation of the Brussels Agreement.
After visiting Pristina with EU Special Representative for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak, Palmer remained in Belgrade.
Asked what has been achieved during these visits and meetings with the leaders of the two countries, he said that “much work still needs to be done, but we would like both sides to be involved again in the process that will lead to an agreement. . and the normalization of relations, paving the way for Europe.
“The United States is not involved in the negotiations, but we are actors and partners in the process. I work closely with EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak and we both work closely with Belgrade and Pristina to help them identify areas where they need to work. “
He believes it is entirely possible for Kurti and Vucic to sign an agreement to normalize relations between the two countries this year.
“I think this is entirely possible. But it depends on them and what we would like to do is encourage them to participate. “Both President Vuçiç and Prime Minister Kurti have strong political support, they are able to take a serious part in the whole process, to identify places where an agreement can be reached and to help the whole process move forward,” Palmer said. .
Among other things, he stressed that the purpose of the dialogue is the full normalization of relations.
“This is what is needed to restore the European perspective that Serbia and Kosovo aspire to and the United States strongly supports. Our vision for the Western Balkans is a stable, peaceful, prosperous region and fully integrated into the EU and the Euro-Atlantic Union. As for what will be needed for this, they will need the willingness to sit down and work on it, identify the necessary points of compromise, and move on. As far as the United States is concerned, we see mutual recognition as an epilogue that ultimately leaves the issue in the past and puts Serbia and Kosovo in a position to move forward. “But it will take time and it will be hard work,” said the US official