Saturday

17th Apr 2021

Major powers warn Serbia to cool down Kosovo rhetoric

  • Kosovo landscape: Serbia may be trying to reopen status talks on the back of the ICJ procedure (Photo: fco.gov.uk)

Major western powers have warned Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic to "cool down" his rhetoric about Kosovo in the coming months and refrain from adventurous actions after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) gives its opinion on the legality of its declaration of independence.

This message was contained in a diplomatic note to the Serbian minister sent last week by the quintet of countries, the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy, which co-ordinate their policies toward Kosovo.

Read and decide

Join EUobserver today

Become an expert on Europe

Get instant access to all articles — and 20 years of archives. 14-day free trial.

... or subscribe as a group

According to this website's sources, the note was addressed exclusively to Minister Jeremic and not to President Boris Tadic.

"We have tolerated until now the Serbian aggressive rhetoric regarding Kosovo, because we believed that with time passing it could be taken off the agenda. Our partners in Belgrade have told us that the statements of Minister Jeremic about Kosovo aimed to protect President Tadic from attack by Serbian nationalists, and the initiative to ask the ICJ for an advisory opinion on the Declaration of the independence was just a manoeuvre to remove Kosovo from the political agenda in Serbia. None of this seems to be the case and Kosovo continues to be a major political issue in Serbia," the note said.

The US and the top EU foreign policy players are becoming nervous about Mr Jeremic's lobbying activities in some countries around the world to get support for a plan to convene a special session of the UN General Assembly on the day when the ICJ makes its position on Kosovo independence known.

The aim seems to be to get support from this UN body for Serbia's intention to reopen talks on Kosovo's status, which Washington and leading EU capitals, except Madrid, consider closed since the Kosovo declaration of independence two years ago.

The ICJ is expected to give its legally non-biding opinion on Kosovo in the coming months. Kosovo has been recognised by 65 countries, including 22 member states.

Ukraine urges Borrell to visit Russia front line

Ukraine has invited EU foreign relations chief Josep Borrell to visit its front line with Russia, in what one EU diplomat said would be his "best revenge" for his recent humiliation in Moscow.

Polish court pushes out critical ombudsman

The controversial Constitutional Tribunal ruled that legislation, setting out that the ombudsman stays in office until lawmakers pick a new one, was unconstitutional.

Von der Leyen's summer plans undisclosed, after Ukraine snub

Ukraine's president invited EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to independence celebrations end of August. Citing a busy schedule, her subordinate said 'no' in an unsent letter. Asked what is on her agenda, the commission can't say.

News in Brief

  1. EU postpones decision on labelling gas 'sustainable'
  2. MEPs call for mass surveillance ban in EU public spaces
  3. Greek and Turkish ministers trade jibes in Ankara
  4. Biden repeats opposition to Russia-Germany pipeline
  5. Navalny in danger, letter warns EU foreign ministers
  6. Lithuania keen to use Denmark's AstraZeneca vaccines
  7. Gas plants largest source of power-sector emissions
  8. Study: Higher risk of blood clots from Covid than vaccines

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Nordic Council of MinistersDigitalisation can help us pick up the green pace
  2. Nordic Council of MinistersCOVID19 is a wake-up call in the fight against antibiotic resistance
  3. Nordic Council of MinistersThe Nordic Region can and should play a leading role in Europe’s digital development
  4. Nordic Council of MinistersNordic Council to host EU webinars on energy, digitalisation and antibiotic resistance
  5. UNESDAEU Code of Conduct can showcase PPPs delivering healthier more sustainable society
  6. Nordic Council of MinistersWomen benefit in the digitalised labour market

Latest News

  1. US rejects Slovenia-linked plan to break up Bosnia
  2. Ukraine urges Borrell to visit Russia front line
  3. Could US sanctions hit Russia vaccine sales to EU?
  4. Polish court pushes out critical ombudsman
  5. Political crises in Romania and Bulgaria amid third wave
  6. Von der Leyen's summer plans undisclosed, after Ukraine snub
  7. Over a million EU citizens back farm-animal cage ban
  8. Three options for West on Putin's Ukraine build-up

Join EUobserver

Support quality EU news

Join us