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McAllister: Normalisation for sustainable improvement

David McAllister; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – The negotiation framework for Serbia’s EU accession requires continued engagement towards a visible and sustainable improvement of relations with Kosovo, says European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia David McAllister.

The process should gradually lead to a “comprehensive normalisation” of relations between Serbia and Kosovo with the aim of enabling both sides to exercise their rights and obligations in full, McAllister told Tanjug in an interview.

Under the draft enlargement strategy of the European Commission, seen by Tanjug, the “comprehensive normalisation” should take place by 2019, and McAllister notes the objective of the process is a “visible and sustainable” improvement of relations with Kosovo.

The normalisation will be beneficial to the people in Serbia and Kosovo, and a foundation for preserving regional peace and stability, he said.

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