The joint statement by the governments of France, Germany, Italy the United Kingdom and the United States, the so-called NATO Quint, say those countries remain committed to full normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.
The joint statement reads as follows: "The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States stand united in our aim to see the full normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia via a comprehensive, politically sustainable, and legally binding agreement that contributes to regional stability.
The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path towards the European Union (EU) and is simply not sustainable.
In the first reaction from Belgrade, Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo, said the Quint's statement demanded from his country to give up its resistance to Kosovo’s independence.
After years of stagnation, the time has come to finally end the conflicts of the 1990s and provide a secure and prosperous future for the people of Kosovo and Serbia by negotiating in good faith an agreement that both sides can support.
Kosovo Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli said that Kosovo’s interests have to be protected but that this can’t be done without its strategic partners and welcomed the efforts of the Quint countries. He called the European Union to stop the Serbian government from financing parallel structures in Kosovo and Serbian colonial projects which include the construction of housing in the north and condemn Serb crimes against Albanians during and after the war.
Therefore, we call on Kosovo and Serbia to restart the EU-led Dialogue with urgency and ask that both parties avoid actions that will hinder a final agreement, which is necessary for both countries to achieve greater Euro-Atlantic integration and its accompanying benefits.
We are prepared to step up our role in the process in support of the EU High Representative, but we cannot do so until you both signal a willingness to compromise, remove obstacles and resume discussions.
For Kosovo, that means suspending the tariffs imposed on Serbia. For Serbia, that means suspending the de-recognition campaign against Kosovo. We want to see the people of Kosovo and Serbia benefit from lasting peace and have the opportunity to build their futures. We stand ready to assist in any way possible."