This morning, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, held telephone conversations with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti.
“Italy is following with great concern the recent developments in northern Kosovo, and condemns in the strongest terms the armed attack against the Kosovo Police perpetrated on the night between Saturday and Sunday, which cost the life of an officer”, commented Tajani, adding that “in agreement with the Minister of Defence, Guido Crosetto, we are willing to consider proposals to strengthen the KFOR system. We will do everything to encourage presence at the borders as well, to avoid new clashes”.
During a telephone conversation with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, expressed heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government to the family of the victim and to Kosovar institutions, wishing the injured officers a speedy recovery.
The Deputy Prime Minister reiterated that “Italy remains committed to the front line for the stability of the Balkans and the normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo”.
Tajani urged the two sides to fully and immediately implement what the EU Member States requested in a statement issued by High Representative Borrell on 19 September. “The control of the border between Kosovo and Serbia is an Italian commitment. Italy does want peace”, reaffirmed Tajani.