Stoltenberg: NATO and Serbia are close partners, in Kosovo all parties should avoid unilateral actions

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg / Photo: EPA-EFE / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / POOL

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assessed that the North Atlantic Alliance is a long-term and close partner with Serbia, and when it comes to Kosovo, he said that all parties must remain calm and avoid unilateral actions, the MIA correspondent from Belgrade reported.

"NATO and Serbia are close and long-standing partners. Our partnership is based on political dialogue and practical cooperation, with full respect for the state policy of military neutrality of Serbia. Our political dialogue manifests itself in different ways. This includes my contacts with President Aleksandar Vucic and other political leaders and regular interactions with my Serbian colleagues, including my Deputy Assistant for Political Affairs and Security Policy and the Head of the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade," Stoltenberg explained in the interview with Podgorica "Vjesti", adding that this includes the well-established relations between the KFOR commander and the Chief of the General Staff of Serbia.

When it comes to Kosovo, Stoltenberg said that dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is key to preserving peace and security.

"Recently, I spoke with political leaders in Pristina and Belgrade about the tensions in the north of Kosovo. All parties must remain calm, avoid unilateral actions and engage constructively in a dialogue mediated by the European Union. In accordance with its UN mandate, the KFOR mission is closely monitoring the situation and is ready to intervene if stability is threatened. Our mission is dedicated to providing a safe environment and freedom of movement for all people in Kosovo. NATO continues to fully support the EU-mediated dialogue and we call on all parties to continue negotiations. It is crucial for regional peace and security," Stoltenberg said for "Vijesti".

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