Palmer: United States want mutual recognition
Palmer, in his first interview since the appointment for the US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, points out that he accepted this post as he is confident that he could contribute to reaching agreement on normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, which would in turn transform Balkan in general, opening up EU path of Serbia and so-called Kosovo, and present "a positive thing for the region, Europe and the United States, respectively".
"The solution for the Kosovo problem is high on my priority agenda. We have the opportunity and want to make use of it", Palmer says, adding that his more precise goal is the resumption of dialogue and securing agreement.
Resumption of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, as Palmer underlines, stands for the short-term goal of U.S.
"Elections on Kosovo are called for October 6, while election in Serbia will be held in the spring. There is a possibility of resuming dialogue between the elections, and we should use it. We hope that both sides will use this opportunity", he underlined.
Palmer said that we are in for a series of challenges within this process, one of them being the resumption of negotiations, while the other is finding mutual ground for negotiations.
Palmer said he hoped Belgrade-Pristina dialogue would resume and that Kosovo would revoke the decision on import taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia as well as that Serbia would stop campaigning for the withdrawal of Kosovo's independence recognition.
We hope that both sides would recognize their interests, by reaching mutual agreement", Palmer said, openly adding that U.S. would prefer to see mutual recognition as a focal point of the negotiations.
He reiterated that U.S. aims at supporting dialogue and...