Reeker: We will support the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Reeker: We will support the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

US Undersecretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Phillip Reeker will meet today in Brussels with the EU Special Envoy for Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina Miroslav Lajcak.

Reeker said the dialogue to normalize relations between Belgrade and Pristina remains a top priority for the United States.

“I am happy the dialogue is back and we will support it”, Reeker said, adding that Lajcak has a great approach.

“He is a good friend and colleague of mine who knows the area and the problems there very well. I will have the opportunity to meet him here in Brussels. I’m looking forward to it”, Reeker said.

The US official, who is well acquainted with the Balkans, also noted that the United States will continue its commitment to support the process in order to make progress through EU mediation.

“Both countries can make great strides. Our embassies, both in Belgrade and Pristina, remain active and in close contact with the governments there to encourage them to find ways forward. And we will continue to talk to the EU and other stakeholders in the process. We are pleased that the dialogue has been renewed and we will continue to support it”, Reeker said.

He also stressed that the EU is carrying out very important activities in the dialogue, the purpose of which, as he assessed, is to normalize relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

“This remains a priority for us as well. We must work to find a solution and we welcome this new opportunity to do so. As you know, Richard Grenell, the US President’s Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, pledged to find a solution to improve economic relations between the two countries, namely the lives of the citizens of Kosovo and Serbia living as neighbours, Reeker recalled.

The US official also noted that it is inevitable, but also important, to help Belgrade and Pristina find a “good direction towards normalization”.

“And to make progress in achieving their long-term goals and priorities, but also to encourage stability and security in the region. Significant steps have been taken to reach an agreement on air and rail transport, and we encourage further work on this”, Reeker said./ibna