January 18 - Belgrade rejected a visit by a Kosovar minister to southern Serbia, the EU reacts

Jan 18, 2024. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

The European Union has asked Serbia to allow the visits of Kosovo officials to the three municipalities in the south of Serbia, which are announced in accordance with the agreement reached in the dialogue about mutual visits. 

The bloc has requested that Kosovo respect this agreement in the same way.

The EU's reaction comes after Kosovo's Minister of Internal Affairs, Xhelal Sveçla, was denied permission to visit the Presevo Valley – the southern municipalities in Serbia: Presevo, Medvegja and Bujanoc – at the beginning of January.

"The visit of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kosovo, Xhelal Sveçla, to Serbia was announced in accordance with the dialogue agreement on official visits. Therefore, Serbia had to allow it and it [visit;] to be realized", said in a response of Peter Stano, spokesperson of the EU for foreign affairs and security.

Stano also said that "the EU continues to invite both sides to fully, and unconditionally, implement all the agreements reached in the dialogue, including the agreements on official visits and freedom of movement".

"All disagreements must be resolved through dialogue. The EU remains ready to facilitate discussions for the parties to find a solution", said the EU spokesperson.

(Albanian media)