Germans "offer": Serbia and the so-called Kosovo as "two countries" in the EU
An agreement between Belgrade and Pristina would not only improve regional stability, but would also open up the prospects of "two countries" separately for EU membership, Heiko Maas, German Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
This German statesman conveyed the message of official Berlin during the opening of the conference of foreign ministers of the participants in the Berlin Process, which is being held in the form of a video meeting within the German presidency.
Maas said that Berlin unconditionally supports the efforts of the EU High Representative Josep Borrell and the EU Special Envoy for Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak in the realization of that task.
"All nations in Europe have a historical burden, but history must not be an obstacle in creating a common future," he stressed.
He pointed out that the enlargement process must be restarted. "The future of all six Western Balkan countries is in the EU. Germany is still fully committed to that goal," Maas said, adding that when the countries of the region show results, the EU must do its part.
"When they fulfill their commitments, we have to fulfill ours, that must be our approach to EU enlargement in the future," Maas emphasized.
He pointed out that the countries of the region should strengthen the rule of law, fight corruption and organized crime, work to protect the freedom of the media and create a space in which democracy can develop further.
"Such reforms will contribute to attracting larger foreign investments, create prospects for young people and stop the outflow of skilled labor from the region," he explained. Maas said that, on the other hand, the EU must stand behind its promises. In that regard, he mentioned North Macedonia and Albania, stating that those countries...