Hahn: We should leave Serbia and Kosovo to discuss the issue of territory

Johannes Hahn at EP plenary in Strasbourg; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – Every solution to the bilateral conflict should contribute to the wider stability of the region, said EU Commissioner for Neigbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn in an interview for Radio Free Europe.

Asked about his position towards the exchange of territories, he said that it should be left to Serbia and Kosovo to discuss it, as long as the final solution contributes to the stability and development of the region.

“I think it is too early to talk about it. They are still negotiating. Some ideas have come up, let us just say that”, he answered to a question about potential consequences on Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

However, he added that both sides are aware of international limitations, which, despite that, leave enough space for many possible solutions.

“It would be useful if the process is concluded by the summer of next year, so that we could continue with further steps”, concluded Hahn.