Kosovo: Lajcak’s visit continues; held meetings with Kurti and Osmani

Kosovo: Lajcak’s visit continues; held meetings with Kurti and Osmani

The EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue kicked of day two on his visit to Pristina. Miroslav Lajcak, who arrived on Monday, began his meetings with the US Ambassador and the KFOR Commander.

Lajcak announced his meetings on his Twitter account.

“Arriving in Kosovo today, I met with the US Ambassador and the NATO KFOR Commander to speak about current developments. Good opportunity to reaffirm our strong transatlantic unity,” Lajcak wrote.

US Ambassador Phillip S. Kosnett announced his meeting with Lajcak on Twitter.

“At today’s meeting with the EU Special Representative, [we] reaffirmed US support for a collaborative, EU-led dialogue process. Our goal: a comprehensive settlement and deeper Euro-Atlantic integration that benefits all Kosovo and Serbian citizens .”

Lajcak met afterwards with Vetëvendosje Movement leader Albin Kurti, whose party won early elections on February 14th.

After the meeting, Kurti, a Prime Minister candidate, told T7 that Lajcak briefed him in general on the dialogue process. “I explained to him once again that we have won the election and that our program will focus on justice and employment as we are now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are not against dialogue, but we want well-prepared talks with the authorities,” Kurti said.

“[Dialogue] cannot be our first or second priority, because we have justice and employment. I do not deny the importance of the EU dialogue for Kosovo and Serbia, as well as for the region, but the most important thing is that this dialogue must be well prepared. The dialogue must be honest and not under time pressure, but we remain committed to a meaningful process,” Kurti said.

The EU Special Representative posted on Twitter that he had a good and constructive meeting with Kurti. We also discussed in depth the Dialogue with a view to next steps.

Miroslav Lajcak, who arrived in Pristina on Monday afternoon, met with incumbent Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani on Tuesday morning.

In a Twitter post, Lajcak wrote: “Started day 2 in Kosovo with a very useful conversation with Acting President Vjosa Osmani. We spoke about the recent elections and the current developments. And we also discussed the next steps in the Dialogue.”

After the meeting, Lajcak and Osmani will hold a joint press conference. /ibna