Lajcak arrives in Prishtina, meets Kurti and Kosnett

European Special Representative for the Prishtina – Belgrade dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, began his three-day visit to Kosovo on Monday and met Vetevendosje Movement (VV) leader Albin Kurti in the evening.

Kurti said after the meeting that he does not deny the importance of the dialogue with Serbia but that the process needs to be well prepared and honest. Kurti said he is not under the pressure of time.

“There is no date [to resume the dialogue] because we need to form the government, and the results of the elections need to be certified. The government will also have a Foreign Minister. I am not against dialogue in principle, I am in favor of a principled dialogue,” Kurti told reporters. Some news websites quote Kurti as saying that the dialogue with Serbia continues to be his fourth priority. Lajcak wrote in a Twitter post after the meeting: “Had a good and constructive meeting with @albinkurti tonight. We discussed in depth the Dialogue also with a view to next steps.”

The EU Special Representative met on Monday evening with U.S. Ambassador Philip Kosnett. The latter tweeted after the meeting: “At today’s meeting with EUSR @MiroslavLajcak, reaffirmed U.S. support for a collaborative, EU-led dialogue process. Our goal: a comprehensive settlement and deeper Euro-Atlantic integration that benefits all Kosovo and Serbian citizens.”

Lajcak wrote in another post on Twitter: “Arriving in Kosovo today, I met with the @USAmbKosovo and @NATO_KFOR Commander to speak about current developments. Good opportunity to confirm our strong transatlantic unity.”

Lajcak is scheduled to meet this morning with Kosovo Acting President Vjosa Osmani and give a joint press conference. Lajcak is also scheduled to meet Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Acting Leader Enver Hoxhaj.