Kosovo and Serbia should set aside national rhetoric, says Palmer

Kosovo and Serbia should set aside national rhetoric, says Palmer

Kosovo and Serbia must resume their talks until both countries recognize each other. This was declared by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Matthew Palmer during a big manifestation to mark the 20th anniversary of NATO’s intervention in Kosovo.

The US senior official said that Pristina and Belgrade must set aside national rhetoric and move forward.

“Pristina and Belgrade must work together on behalf of all victims in order to offer a solution to the issue of missing people. Nationalist rhetoric must be set aside, because it does not help in building a democratic country. Kosovo and Serbia will always be neighbours and they must be driven by stability, progress and security. Nationalist rhetoric must be set aside”, the US senior official said.

Politicians and senior officials from the US are attending the activities taking place on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of NATO’s intervention in Kosovo, which put an end to a war which lasted almost two years.

Around 50 thousand soldiers were deployed in Kosovo at that time, while their number has gone down each year. Currently, there are around 4 thousand troops, whose mission is to offer a safer environment and guarantee freedom of movement.

The entry of the troops preceded a campaign of bombardments against Serb forces which lasted 78 days. /ibna/