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Kosovo, Tajani calls Kurti and Vucic: “Stop the violence and provocations immediately”

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, is deeply worried about the latest developments in northern Kosovo, and in particular today’s clashes involving the NATO Mission KFOR, which was attacked by protesters in the municipality of Zveçan.

Tajani telephoned Serbian President Aleksandr Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti, strongly reiterating that “all violence and provocation must stop immediately: Kosovo and Serbia must fully implement the agreements they have signed with the facilitation of the European Union. Violence is unacceptable. Italy wants to contribute to reaching a sustainable solution in northern Kosovo very quickly.”

To Prime Minister Kurti, Tajani firmly emphasised the absolute necessity for the Kosovo authorities to refrain from any reckless unilateral action that could serve as provocation and irresponsibly jeopardise security, also offering Italy’s help to facilitate dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade.

At the same time, he urged President Vucic that the Republic of Serbia immediately exert all its influence on the populations involved in the unrest in recent days.

Tajani reiterated to both Italy’s readiness to be increasingly present in the Western Balkans, also as a bridge between the region and the rest of Europe.