Stoltenberg calls Belgrade, Pristina to show good faith in dialogue

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Belgrade and Pristina have to show good faith in the Kosovo dialogue.

“This is my message. This was my message also in my meetings in Priština and in Belgrade. The message is that Priština and Belgrade have to engage in good faith in the EU-facilitated dialogue,” Stoltenberg told a news conference after the NATO foreign ministers’ summit in Brussels.

According to the Alliance chief, Kosovo is an example of how NATO and the European Union are working very closely together. “The EU is in charge of the diplomatic efforts. We are present with thousands of troops on the ground and actually as a result of this, we have added 1,000 more NATO troops to our presence in Kosovo to roughly 5,000,” he added.

Stoltenberg voiced the belief that the proposal for the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) “could be a way forward to try to define the solution and to make progress within the EU-facilitated dialogue”.

He said that the serious incidents of violence in Kosovo over the past few months highlight the challenges NATO faces and the importance fo all sides to de-escalate, refrain from actions and inflammatory rhetoric that can increase tensions.