The European Power Trio is persuading Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence.
In 2008, Kosovo announced its independence from Serbia, but the latter denied this liberty. It still sees Kosovo as a significant fraction of its dominion. Several countries recognise Kosovo’s independence. However, there are also some that don’t, including Russia and China which sided with Serbia.
REVOLUTIONARY MOVE OF THE EUROPEAN POWER TRIO
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and French President Emmanuel Macron – called the European Power Trio – emphasised the latest development. They called on Serbia to acknowledge Kosovo’s independence. It’s also set against the conditions of the latest harsh conflict, inciting renewed clashes in the Balkans.
Currently, the conflict appears to be directed at northern Kosovo, where the majority of the ethnic Serbs live. Agitations rose at an alarming rate, resulting in a sequence of fierce disagreements in the past months. According to reports, the UK has deployed forces to the region as part of NATO’s peacekeeping campaign.
Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo is crucial. The European Power Trio likewise stressed the importance of swift execution or alacrity of the Path to Normalization Agreement. This agreement depicts a foundation for mending relations between the two Balkan countries. It highlights the principle that advocates mutual benefits and obligations.
The situation puts Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in a predicament. He has been outspoken about Serbia officially or unofficially recognising Kosovo. Regardless, the enhanced international pressure may compel a second look.
On the other hand, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti will push forward the development of the Association of Serb Majority Municipalities, boosting self-governance for local Serbs. It has been a persistent demand and would be a paramount move toward assuaging concerns and establishing reconciliation.
GROWTH PLAN FOR WESTERN BALKANS
Once Serbia and Kosovo normalise their relations, that is when the EU’s growth plan for Western Balkans can be accomplished. According to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Serbia must recognise Kosovo.
“We also invite Kosovo to start the procedure for the implementation of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities (in northern Kosovo) while Serbia must accept the de-facto recognition. This is the only way forward,” said von der Leyen while on a visit to Pristina, Kosovo’s capital.
On the other hand, Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani said the European Union is completely dedicated to a common future. All six Western Balkans are part of the union with a growth plan.
For them, EU and NATO memberships aren’t just a goal. Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani add that it’s the primary cause that ensures the daily action of their institutions.
GETTING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Kurti and Vucic met individually with senior European leaders in Brussels to talk about a new US-EU plan to assimilate their relations. Even if the discussion didn’t work out, the US-EU proposal remains the best deal both sides would get. Both Balkan states must accept it while the EU must hold parties to it at the same time. This will maximise enlargement policy, utilising its financial aids as tools.
The recently recommended normalisation plan tackles both major arguments. It appeals to Serbia to recognise Kosova like what the European Power Trio wants. The EU wants each other to stop disputing each government’s decisions to acknowledge it or admit it as an international organisation member, including the UN.
Source : European Views