The Slovenia Times

Pirc Musar calls for continued Belgrade-Prishtina dialogue

Belgrade, Serbia
President Nataša Pirc Musar (left) holds talks with Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić.
Photo: Matjaž Klemenc/Office of the President

President Nataša Pirc Musar called on Serbia and Kosovo to continue the dialogue under the auspices of the EU as she met her Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić in Belgrade on 15 June, arguing that it is the only real way to resolve the tensions in Kosovo and calm the situation.

"Dialogue is the only true way to resolve difficult situations. Of course, both sides need to do so, and Kosovo must do its part of the job," Pirc Musar said, announcing that she would visit Kosovo in October to talk to President Vjosa Osmani.

The Slovenian president noted that the position of the EU and Slovenia was clear - dialogue, dialogue and once again dialogue.

"We don't want conflicts in the Western Balkans region. I think that the outlined path should be clear - getting closer to Europe, European values, the rule of law, human rights," she said.

Pirc Musar said she had also discussed the situation in Kosovo during an official visit to North Macedonia earlier this week.

As a jurist, Pirc Musar sees no reason why a community of Serb municipalities would not be established in line with the agreement on the normalisation of relations in Kosovo.

She and Vučić agreed that agreements should be honoured, dialogue strengthened and situation calmed, she said.

Vučić thanked her Pirc Musar for being willing to hear arguments from Serbia.

The European future of the countries of the region is of vital importance for Slovenia, so it will always sincerely strive to make Serbia a part of the European family, Pirc Musar said at a press conference with Vučić.

"This requires adoption of the European legal order, commitment to the rule of law, fight against corruption and ensuring media freedom," the Slovenian president said, while welcoming Serbia's progress regarding the EU visa policy.


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