- Category: Politics
- Published on Friday, 20 September 2019 07:15
September 19, 2019
US special envoy for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer told the Voice of America that the next Kosovo government must be prepared to suspend the tariffs on Serbia goods which he said are an obstacle to continuing the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.
Palmer expressed the hope that Serbia could respond with initiatives of its own which could include a possible suspension of the campaign to withdraw recognition of Kosovo allowing the two sides to get back to the negotiating table in a positive atmosphere.
We will say clearly that we expect the next Kosovo government to favor the dialogue, be prepared to revoke the tariffs and form a negotiation team with strong powers, he said adding that the government also has to be committed to reaching an agreement to normalize relations.
According to Palmer, the US will be present in every stage of the process but warned that Kosovo has to take control of its own fate.