Katz: Any solution must be supported by all partners

US President Donald Trump and his administration are very interested in seeing a peace deal between Belgrade and Pristina, but any solution must be supported by all partners in Europe, including Germany, says Jonathan Katz, a senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

11 Oktobar 2019 20:25

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump and his administration are very interested in seeing a peace deal between Belgrade and Pristina, but any solution must be supported by all partners in Europe, including Germany, says Jonathan Katz, a senior fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Speaking to Tanjug after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with Richard Grenell, the US special presidential envoy for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Katz said Grenell's visit to Belgrade was "an effort to try to move that process forward."

It highlights the commitment of the US to a resolution of this long-standing issue, but also a commitment to Serbia, Kosovo and the region, he said.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Vucic said his conversation with Grenell had been serious, open and responsible and that he needed time to think about it to see what was to be done next.

"No one is offering us anything when it comes to Kosovo-Metohija - no one will give us anything," Vucic also said.

Katz said that "there are some differences of opinion amongst important partners in resolving these issues between Serbia and Kosovo."

"I think that the most important thing is that any type of effort to seek a long-term agreement has to be supported particularly by partners in Europe, including Germany and the EU, and that any concerns about the impact of the fragmentation or swapping of lands in the Balkans, where there are other sensitivities, have to be taken into account in this process," he said, adding that both the US and the European side wanted to see "greater integration of the region into Euro-Atlantic structures.”

"It has to be a sustainable resolution that will include the support of the partners of both Serbia and Kosovo over an extended period for any agreement to be lasting," he said.

He also said that trying to put an "immediate timetable" or force an agreement that was not sustainable would be "a step in the wrong direction if it creates instability, rather than stability."

"I think the White House and others, they have a timeframe, but the timeframe will really be decided by those people who are potentially negotiating and then the partners who are engaging to support the process."

"Any attempt to fast-track something that can't be fast-tracked can be counter-productive," he said.


Foto Tanjug/ S.Radovanovic

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