UK appoints special envoy to the Western Balkans

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed a special envoy to the Western Balkans, a media report quoting a statement issued by the UK government.

The post has been entrusted to Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach who will take on the role after stepping down as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee earlier this year. Peach has also formerly served as the UK Chief of the Defence Staff.
 
"As the PM’s Special Envoy, Sir Stuart will work with Western Balkans leaders, others across the region, and our allies in the US and Europe to support and strengthen regional stability. His work will also involve promoting strong democratic institutions and open societies, helping to tackle serious and organized crime and other joint security challenges, and encouraging the resolution of legacy issues such as War Crimes and Missing Persons. Linked to the latter, the UK will also continue to lead work to advance gender equality and implement the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sir Stuart’s work will support that of the international High Representative, Christian Schmidt, who continues to have the full support of the UK. On Serbia and Kosovo, he will work with our partners in support of the EU-facilitated Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue," the statement reads.
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed the UK's commitment to European security, noting that "the Western Balkans are experiencing the biggest threat to their stability and security in over two decades."
 
"We have a responsibility to do all we can to preserve the gains achieved through peace and dialogue – we cannot allow any return to the violence and division of the past. Sir Stuart’s extensive experience and expertise will reinforce international efforts to protect peace and promote Euro-Atlantic integration in this crucial region," Johnson added.