President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen said during a Sept. 29 visit to Pristina that she was concerned about the situation in the north of Kosovo, suggesting that a dialogue in Brussels was the only solution.
After a meeting with Prime Minister Albin Kurti, she said that it was vital for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. "What matters more is to make progress on the path to Europe, and it is of vital importance that relations between Kosovo and Serbia are normalized," the EC president said, adding that she was concerned about the ongoing crisis.
"It is very important that the situation doesn't escalate, and that we all get back to the negotiating table to find durable solutions, and the only way to do it is through a dialogue assisted by the European Union (EU); it's the only platform to resolve the current crisis," she said, adding that she would continue to cooperate with Kosovo, because she wanted to see it move forward.
Kurti said after the meeting that he had informed von der Leyen about the situation at the border crossings Brnjak and Jarinje, and that his cabinet hadn't made any new decision, but was just implementing an agreement reached earlier. "Unfortunately Serbia's reaction was very strong, it used tanks, armoured and combat vehicles, even Russian-made jets," Kurti explained.