Borrell: Spain’s position on Kosovo, not a problem for me

Josep Borrell from Spain, who assumed on 1 December the post of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, said in an interview with Croatian paper Vecernji List that his country’s opposition to the independence of Kosovo will not present a problem in carrying out his new duties.

“Why would it be a problem? I no longer act as a Spanish foreign minister as I have new tasks now. I understand that people may conclude that if my country does not recognize Kosovo, the Kosovars will not like me. Imagine, on the other hand, if I came from a country that does recognize Kosovo. In that case, people could think Serbs will not be pleased with me. There are some asymmetries,” Borrell said.

He added that he plans to visit Kosovo in the new capacity as soon as the new government is formed. “I will also visit Serbia, where I’ve been several times, to talk to the two sides about the new approach for resolving problems in the Balkans which for us is one of the priorities.”