Author: N1 Belgrade 08.07.2020.
The US President’s envoy for the dialogue on Kosovo, Ambassador Richard Grenell on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the coming meeting between officials from Belgrade and Pristina and added that new and creative ideas have to be tried in order to make progress.
“We are pleased to see the Europeans will convene a meeting on July 10 for further discussions with Kosovo and Serbia. We offer our total support and are grateful for their leadership. We hope the important issue of visa liberalization will be completed at this meeting,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Today, I issued the following statement on Kosovo – Serbia negotiations:
“We are pleased to see the Europeans will convene a meeting on July 10 for further discussions with Kosovo and Serbia. We offer our total support and are grateful for their leadership. We hope (1/5)— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell)July 8, 2020
The ambassador added that “the US has worked hard to emphasize economic normalization between the parties because we believe it is the crucial first step for this long term political dispute”. “We hope the Europeans will make implementing the air, rail and motor agreements previously agreed upon a top priority. We believe these agreements are key to creating jobs and giving hope to young people. We have never believed in a quick election year deal between Kosovo and Serbia,” he tweeted.
Grenell said that the US also “never thought our sole focus on economic normalization would be a quick fix”. “The difficult and long term political issues will be easier to confront once progress is made on the economic issues first. The international community must keep trying new and creative ideas if we are ever going to make progress. And the people of Kosovo and Serbia deserve the European’s full and constant attention,” the Twitter post said.