Borrell: Kosovo’s Legal Status Can Only Change When Normalization of Relations Is Achieved

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The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Joseph Borrell, stated that the legal status of Kosovo will be resolved after an agreement has been reached with Serbia.

The comment was in response to a question from members of the European Parliament on the “lack of coherence in Kosovo’s legal representation”.

“Reaching a comprehensive, legally binding agreement to normalize relations is the best basis for overcoming the issue of Kosovo’s legal representation,” Borrell said.

He added that the Kosovo government was most interested in the country no longer being represented by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in regional forums.

“The EU is ready to address this issue, including through dialogue on the normalization of Kosovo-Serbia relations, given that organizations such as CEFTA [Central European Trade Agreement] have their own structures, procedures, and decision-making bodies,” Borrell said.

He gave a nod to the 2012 agreement in the framework of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, which allowed the former to participate in regional initiatives, provided that the name was accompanied by a footnote.

The footnote reads: “This designation is without prejudice to views on [Kosovo]’s status and in line with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and the opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’ s declaration of independence.”

Earlier, the EU, through the Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, hinted that visa liberalization for Kosovo with the Bloc will depend on how the dialogue progresses.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic will be meeting in mid-September for a third time to continue the dialogue.

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