US senior official says that there are no “red lines” about the deal between Kosovo and Serbia

US senior official says that there are no “red lines” about the deal between Kosovo and Serbia

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Matthew Palmer says that the United States has not demanded an agreement for the normalization of ties between the two countries to be reached within a particular date, however, the US would want to see talks resume as soon as possible.

“We support the normalization of ties between Kosovo and Serbia and we want to see dialogue start as soon as possible”, Palmer told VOA.

He said that if an artificial timeline is set, then this would not help the process.

“I think it’s very important that Serbia and political leaders in Belgrade accept that Kosovo has independent institutions now. Kosovo is not an instrument of the United States. Kosovo is an independent country and it has its own policies. The issue of negotiations and tariffs is a politically sensitive issue. We will support the suspension of tariffs as a means to restore dialogue. We believe that this is an important step forward. We also believe that it’s up to the sides to find a way to overcome challenges in order to resume dialogue”, said the US senior official. /ibna/