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CLEAR MESSAGE FROM GERMANY: "Kosovo Army" only with agreement with Serbs

German Vice Chancellor does not exclude the possibility of new conflicts in the Balkans

Kosovska vojska, vojska Kosova
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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Pristina that Kosovo army can be formed only in accordance with regulations and in agreement with the Serbian side, not excluding the possibility of new conflicts in the Balkans.

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- Balkan countries should contribute to their societies - Gabriel said at a joint press conference with Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa.

Foto: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

Foto: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

Mustafa said that Kosovo should have its own army which, he said, will be formed in accordance with the regulations and agreement with Serb representatives in the Kosovo parliament.

- Kosovo has a right to a sovereign army as any other country - said Mustafa, the Albanian news portal Albeu reports.

Gabriel, who arrived in Pristina this morning from Belgrade, where he had a conversation with the Serbian prime minister and elected President Aleksandar Vucic, said that Germany holds the promise that "the EU's doors are open to all Balkan countries", but it means fulfilling all criteria.

- Our Ambassador here was informed about all the achievements of Kosovo, but reforms must be continued primarily in the justice system, because the rule of law brings investors - said Gabriel, reports portal Lajmi.

He said that the dialogue with Belgrade on normalization of relations should be continued, because it is the best for peace and stability in the region.

- Good relations between Kosovo and Serbia is an opportunity for the countries of the region to be part of the EU - said the head of German diplomacy.

Speaking of demarcation with Montenegro, Gabriel said that the ratification of an agreement about that necessary in order to receive visa liberalization.

- My message is that the Assembly should adopt this agreement - he said, and wondered why the opposition in parliament blocked the agreement, if the visa liberalization is so important for the citizens of Kosovo.

Foto: Tanjug/Edib Tahirović

Foto: Tanjug/Edib Tahirović

- Agreement on ratification is one of the conditions of the EU and visa liberalization will not be without meeting this requirement - Gabriel was explicit, saying that there were words about alternative options, but that the key problem here is the behavior of Kosovo opposition.

Asked to comment on the idea of a "common market of the Balkans", Gabriel said that this does not depend on him, but he believes in the possibility of reaching such an agreement.

The question that arises in this case is: "Do Kosovars and Serbs trust each other"?

(Telegraf.co.uk / Tanjug)

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