EU Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, in an interview for Washington Post, when asked about the situation in the Western Balkans, stated that in the times of war, during the 90s, until recently, the US directives were steering the region and not the EU, while today the US is very supportive of the EU’s directives leading the region. In the interview, Hahn talked about the Prespa Agreement between Northern Macedonia and Greece, stating that he hoped that this would serve as a precedent towards resolutions of other conflicts, including the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, which is now going nowhere due to the tariffs set by Kosovo for Serbian imported goods.
“I think that the US and us were successful and we supported what we call today Northern Macedonia”.
Washington Post writes that the US has no business interests in the region and it is the EU taking care of the situation in the Western Balkans. Regarding the agreement between Serbia and Kosovo, Hahn stated that the past has seen clashes that could lead to war, but today the countries can communicate. Regarding border changes, Hahn emphasized that a legally binding agreement would give the final verdict, but it is important to respect the rights of the minorities.
“At the moment, nobody can predict what the agreement will look like. There could be territorial exchange. Nevertheless, the only precondition we have set is that every bilateral agreement should contribute to peace and stability in the region”./ Article taken from European Western Balkans/ Tiranapost.al. D.Xh