Merkel: Time for compromise between Belgrade, Pristina

Angela Merkel

TANJUG_maliPRISTINA/BELGRADE, 30.06.2015. – German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Belgrade and Pristina on Tuesday to reach a compromise, stressing that only when the two sides make progress in the dialogue will they make progress in their approach to the EU. 

It is high time for a compromise to be reached, she said at a joint press conference after the talks with Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa in Berlin.

Another round of the Belgrade-Pristina talks mediated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini ended in Brussels on Monday with no agreement reached.

Germany supports both Belgrade and Pristina and is very much interested in reaching a fair agreement for both sides, which requires compromises, she said.

Merkel told Mustafa that the continuation of the dialogue with Belgrade and formation of a special court for crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army are the requests that Kosovo has to comply with.

She reiterated Berlin’s stance that the asylum requests by citizens of Kosovo will by no means be approved in Germany, reads Pristina-based daily Koha Ditore.