A pledge by Belgrade and Pristina to the US that they’d transfer their diplomatic missions in Israel to Jerusalem has sparked concern in Brussels, which warned the transfer might put the pair’s European prospects in danger.
“Any diplomatic steps that might name in query the EU widespread place on Jerusalem are a matter of great concern and remorse,” the EU’s Overseas Affairs Spokesperson, Peter Stano, stated at an everyday press briefing whereas commenting on the settlement Serbia and Kosovo reached via US mediation following talks in Washington.
Whereas largely coping with regulating financial relations between Serbia and its breakaway area of Kosovo, the offers every celebration struck with America additionally contain commitments to open embassies in Jerusalem. The Muslim-majority Kosovo is anticipated to take action in trade for its recognition by Israel.
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The event has definitely ruffled some feathers within the EU, which stays dedicated to a two-state resolution and doesn’t acknowledge Israel’s claims on the whole metropolis of Jerusalem. Whereas refusing to touch upon Serbian and Kosovan “particular person commitments” to the US, Stano hinted that any actions that run counter to the EU place on the standing of Jerusalem can be unlikely to additional Belgrade’s and Pristina’s purpose of European integration.
“Since Kosovo and Serbia recognized the EU accession and even integration as their strategic precedence, then the EU expects each to behave consistent with their commitments, in order that the European perspective shouldn’t be undermined,” the official stated.Neither Serbia nor Kosovo has commented on the remarks.
Stano additionally famous that Belgrade must be significantly cautious of what it’s doing since Serbia is within the strategy of “negotiating its accession in the direction of the EU” and will subsequently “align progressively its insurance policies” to these adopted by the bloc.
The embassies announcement was made by US President Donald Trump following talks in Washington, and seemingly caught the Serbian delegation – together with President Aleksandar Vucic – considerably off guard, sparking some hypothesis that he might need been not totally conscious of what he had put his title down for.
The event was lauded by Israel, which responded by swiftly saying its recognition of Kosovo final week. Pristina, in flip, is now anticipated to acknowledge Israel, turning into one in every of solely a handful of Muslim-majority international locations to take action.
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