28.01.22 | News

Breaking news: USA government of Joe Biden refuses to rule out land-swap between Kosovo and Serbia


Prishtina/Brussels, 28 January 2022, dtt-net.com – The USA government of the President Joe Biden refuses to rule out the option of land-swap between Kosovo and Serbia if that kind of an eventual deal would be acceptable to peoples of the both countries. 

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Gabriel Escobar told Kosovan news website reporteri.net that Washington will not impose the content of an eventual compromise between the two sides, when asked about the position of USA over the land-swap idea which was not excluded by the government of former President Donald Trump.

 “Any future agreement and its elements must be acceptable to both the people of Kosovo and the people of Serbia. The United States has never, and will never, impose any terms or parameters on either Kosovo or Serbia. Both Kosovo and Serbia are sovereign states,” Escobar answered to the daily Reporteri.net .

 A State Department Spokesperson refused to answer a direct question of dtt-net.com after being asked : “Is the government of President Joe Biden against land swap idea” ? 

“The United States strongly supports the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia as a means to achieve a comprehensive agreement on normalization, which President Biden has said should be “centered on mutual recognition. Any future agreement and its elements must be acceptable to both the people of Kosovo and the people of Serbia. The United States has never, and will never, impose any terms or parameters on either Kosovo or Serbia.  Both Kosovo and Serbia are sovereign states,” the Spokesperson who asked anonymity answered through email.

 The Spokesperson also refused to answer the second question of dtt-net.com:Does the government of President Joe Biden rules out the option of land-swap, in case Kosovo and Serbia leaders agree on it, as they were attempts by President Aleksandar Vucic and former President Hashim Thaçi during Trump's mandate ?” 

It took nearly two years to the government of Germany, then led by Angela Merkel, to halt the idea of land swap become official at the table of discussions mediated by EU officials in Brussels, as Berlin and the many across the EU fear the idea would provoke new instability and wars in the Western Balkans region.

Serbia’s Vucic has blamed many times Merkel and her government of turning it into a “dead” idea.

Escobar, who is Biden’s newly appointed envoy for Western Balkans, will travel next week to Kosovo and Serbia in a joint mission with his EU counterpart, Miroslav Lajcak, as both powers, the EU and the USA are pushing Prishtina and Belgrade for a compromise which they call a “legally binding comprehensive agreement” aimed at “normalization” of relations, and which would eventually clear the way for both countries toward the promised EU pathway.

(Written and edited by Ekrem Krasniqi, ekrasniqi @ dtt-net . com)

28.01.22 | News