Up to other countries to change policy towards Serbia: EU

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The European Union (EU) Commission has stated that its approach to Serbia is balanced and that it is only possible to change its policies with a joint decision of the 27 member states.

Up to other countries to change policy towards Serbia: EU

The European Union (EU) has stated that its approach to Serbia is balanced and that it will be possible to change its policy only with the joint decision of the 27 member states. Peter Stano, a spokesperson for the European Commission, responded to a question about a letter signed by MEPs and US senators criticizing the West's policy towards Serbia.

"There are thousands of parliamentarians in the EU. New policies are made only with the unanimous vote of the 27 member states," Stano said, stressing that a letter from MEPs would not change anything.

A group of senior EU and US politicians sent a joint letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly criticizing the West's approach to Serbia, AP reported yesterday.

The letter called for more pressure on Serbia to resolve tensions in Kosovo.

TENSIONS IN NORTHERN KOSOVO

On May 26, Kosovo Serbs protested against the inauguration of Albanian mayors who won local elections on April 23 in the Serb-dominated municipalities of Zvecan, Zubin Potok, and Leposavic in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo police sent to the region to protect Albanian mayors and Kosovo Serbs clashed, and 30 Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers were wounded on May 29 when Kosovo Serbs confronted KFOR soldiers guarding municipal buildings.

The main reason for the tension between the two countries, which periodically come face to face, is that Serbia considers Kosovo, which declared its unilateral independence in 2008, as its own territory. The Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Process, launched in 2011 under EU mediation, is trying to find a common path for the normalization of relations and eventually for the two countries to recognize each other.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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