Kurti: Borrell gave up on the EU proposal for the normalization of relations

Aljbin Kurti i Đuzep Borelj
Source: Twitter

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti criticized the High EU Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrel because, as he states, he "gave up on March 23, 2023, the date that was agreed upon as final for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia," Koha reports.

Kurti said that "the EU proposed that Kosovo does not impose fines for illegal license plates, that it continues with reprimands and that Serbia no longer issues license plates with the acronyms of Kosovo's towns".

"Of course, it is not acceptable for us if it is not followed by what we were called here by, an agreement to urgently commit to a final agreement for the full normalization of relations. The deadline was March 2023. So, we are coming here to Brussels to agree on a new path for an agreement before March 2023. I regret to say that the mediators, in this case Borrell, abandoned the deadline of March 2023 and the proposal EU for the normalization of relations," Kurti said.

Kurti said that when they met in Paris as part of the Peace Forum, Borrell said that the proposal was not a Franco-German proposal but the EU proposal supported by France and Germany.

"Okay, then we will call it the EU proposal. However, today I regret to say that he gave up on the EU proposal for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. I say that with regret, because they themselves proposed March 2023, and on the other hand, the proposal is made by the European Union," Kurti said.

 “I am always ready to travel to Brussels for talks on the final agreement aimed at mutual recognition“, Kurti added.

Kurti said that after six hours of talks today in Brussels, no agreement was reached, but that despite this, he was always ready to travel to Brussels for talks that should be aimed only at mutual recognition.
He said he would not discuss the license plate issue.

"I am ready to come here, hold meetings, always with the same structure and sequence, the final agreement with full normalization of relations, which is centered on mutual recognition and current issues of a different nature, including license plates. However, one does not exist without the other, we cannot be irresponsible if we do not deal with current issues and turn into state leaders who only deal with license plate issues and do not discuss the normalization of relations. That's why we're in this situation we're in now," Kurti said.

He added that he expected the EU to stand behind his proposal for the normalization of relations.
"After eight hours of talks and six meetings, three bilateral and three trilateral ones, we have no agreement," Kurti said.