Roth: No border changes, Kosovo has met visa liberalization criteria

Michael Roth, Germany’s State Minister for Europe, opposed the idea of border changes as part of the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia saying that it would provoke new divisions in the region.

“This proposal does not conciliate, it provokes new divisions. There should be no doubt that the future of societies in the Western Balkans is multiethnic and multireligious. There can be no new demarcations along ethnic lines,” Roth said in an interview for the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Roth further said that Kosovo has met all necessary criteria for visa-free travel. “We do not promote that as a generous gift but because Kosovo has fulfilled EU conditions,” he said adding that if the vacuum is left in the Western Balkans, the region becomes susceptible to the influence from Russia, China, and Turkey.