French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Sept. 4 that the full normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina was essential to the Western Balkans, adding that they had charged their foreign and security policy advisors to provide direct support to the European Union's envoy for the dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, the Serbian Presidency said in a press release.
In a joint letter to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Macron and Scholz wrote that, in light of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, more effort needed to be invested to make the European outlook of Western Balkan countries a reality.
The two officials urged Vucic to show the utmost resolution and readiness to make hard decisions that would lead to progress in the EU-mediated dialogue with Pristina. Recent tensions have shown that constructive steps forward are desperately needed, practical as well as political, the missive added.
We have therefore charged our foreign and security policy advisers, Jens Ploetner and Emmanuel Beaune, to extend direct support to Miroslav Lajcak in his endeavors. We propose that our advisers, together with Lajcak, visit Kosovo and Serbia to investigate the possibility of quickly moving the process forward, the letter to Vucic concluded.