Konrad: Provocations are taking place in Kosovo for no reason, the CSM must be formed

Anke Konrad
Source: Ambasada Nemačke

The German ambassador to Serbia, Anke Konrad, said that provocations were taking place in Kosovo for no reason, which created opportunities for new incidents, as well as that it was necessary to start on the path of normalization and to form the Community of Serbian Municipalities, reports RTS.

Speaking at the session of the Foreign Affairs Committee about the current situation in Kosovo, especially the position of the Serbian people, the ambassador said that we should start on the path of normalization.

"We see provocations without reason, all this creates new opportunities for incidents. We want to start on the path of normalization.  Communities of Serbian municipalities must be formed for people living in the north of Kosovo, in order to have a normal life, and we must not forget that members of other nationalities also live there, we want normalization of life for everyone," emphasized the German ambassador.

She pointed out that the cooperation between the two countries was at an exceptional level and that, in addition to significant investments, it was also reflected in Germany's support for small and medium-sized enterprises and the sector of good governance.

"Everything we do together contributes to bringing Serbia closer to the European Union," said Konrad, noting that Germany wants Serbia to be part of the EU as a full member, not as a second-tier member.

She pointed out that there was no change in Serbia's requirements for joining, but also emphasized that the EU itself developed and that there were new regulations.

The President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Borko Stefanovic, stated that, although Serbia and Germany do not have the same position on the status of Kosovo, he believes that they have a common desire to solve the existing problem in a way that will not cause deeper divisions.

He pointed to the continuous "stuckness" of the Balkans on the European road.

"We need unequivocal messages from Europe about the future entry of the entire region into the European Union, and we are encouraged when we hear such messages, and it is up to us to do our homework. On the other hand, I think it is clear that, in the shadow of the terrible tragedy in Ukraine, the geopolitical circumstances have changed drastically and that this region simply cannot be left out of European integration," Stefanovic emphasized, as reported by the Serbian Parliament.

Stefanovic assessed that Serbia and Germany have an exceptional relationship, primarily viewed through the prism of the high level of German investments in our country.

The President of the Committee for European Integration and member of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Elvira Kovac, pointed out that she agreed that the geopolitical situation opened up opportunities for EU enlargement and that Serbia was very active in all forums, and that she hoped for a quick resolution of the war conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and general stabilization of the situation.

Board member Nemanja Joksimovic expressed satisfaction that Germany sees Serbia as a future full member of the EU, which, as he pointed out, is Serbia's strategic foreign policy priority and added that the National Assembly and the Board have an important role in this.

Board member Djordje Miketic believes that a solution to current issues should be sought in organizing a conference of the countries of the Western Balkans with the countries of the Quint and the EU, with the aim of overcoming existing problems, so that our region becomes a region of peace and stability and moves towards the EU together.

Ksenija Markovic, a member of the Board, expressed her satisfaction that Germany sees Serbia as a future full member of the EU, and pointed out that it gives full support to the Berlin process and any kind of regional cooperation, not only economic, but also the promotion of political alliances and connections.

Committee member Zoltan Dani made a remark that the EU gives greater political support to Kosovo than to Serbia and stressed that Resolution 1244 must be respected.

"We respect the European Union, but we want the European Union to respect us," said Dani.