EU: No change of format without consent of both sides

European flags in front of EP Building in Strasbourg; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – Any change of format in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue – including US involvement – must also be supported by Serbia, Brussels announced Tuesday.

The EU is a facilitator in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and it is up to the two sides to agree on the content, format, pace and agenda, European Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijančič told Tanjug.

She reiterated the EU and the US were cooperating closely on the Western Balkans, including on the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

When asked by Tanjug if a greater US role in the region and the dialogue – including potential engagement by former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – had been a subject of communication between Brussels and Washington, sources close to the office of EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini said they had only heard about Rice’s involvement through Serbian media.