The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States called upon Serbia and Kosovo on Tuesday to restart the dialogue and reach the “full normalization of relations” via a comprehensive, politically sustainable, and legally binding agreement.
“The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path towards the European Union and is simply not sustainable. After years of stagnation, the time has come to finally end the conflicts of the 1990s and provide a secure and prosperous future for the people of Kosovo and Serbia by negotiating in good faith an agreement that both sides can support”, the joint statement said.
“Therefore, we call on Kosovo and Serbia to restart the EU-led Dialogue with urgency and ask that both parties avoid actions that will hinder a final agreement, which is necessary for both countries to achieve greater Euro-Atlantic integration and its accompanying benefits”, it said.
The Quint countries said they were prepared to step up their role in the process, but that they could not do so until Kosovo and Serbia both “signal a willingness to compromise, remove obstacles and resume discussions”.
“For Kosovo, that means suspending the tariffs imposed on Serbia. For Serbia, that means suspending the de-recognition campaign against Kosovo”, the statement said.
In the first reactions from Belgrade and Pristina, however, there was no readiness expressed to respond positively to the expectations of the Quint countries.