The EU would not oppose a territorial exchange between Serbia and Kosovo that would lead to a redesign of the borders between the two if both governments agreed in the talks promoted by European diplomacy so that Belgrade and Pristina normalize their relations.
This is how the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, spoke when asked in an interview with the Balkan media about this scenario, in which he did not rule out a solution, and pointed out that his task is to engage in dialogue to facilitate and reach an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina after negotiations stalled in 2018.
The EU regards this dialogue and the normalization of relations between neighbors as an indispensable prerequisite for the efforts of the community of both. “We shouldn’t tell Serbs and Kosovars what they should agree on. Our job is to enable dialogue,” said the head of diplomacy, who has had a special representative for several weeks who coordinates the process.
The idea of an area exchange was proposed by Belgrade in 2018 and suggests that cities in northern Kosovo in the Mitrovica region, inhabited by Serb minorities, in exchange for Belgrade, which transfers the Presovo Valley region to Kosovo, to Serbian sovereignty pass over. in southern Serbia, mainly populated by Serboalbana minorities.