The European Union, its members and institutions call on Pristina and Belgrade to “act with restraint and not resort to unilateral moves and messages that only increase tensions,” European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said in Brussels today regarding Pristina’s request for membership in the Council of Europe.
When asked by reporters how the EU views Serbia’s message that it will sharply retaliate against such a move by Pristina, Stano said that the EU is not a member of the Council of Europe and cannot comment on that.
A spokesman for the EC added that the EU also expects the two sides to do everything possible to resolve all issues through the Dialogue, with the mediation of the Union, and to conclude a comprehensive legally binding agreement on the normalization of their relations.
Today, Kosovo officially submitted the request for full membership in the Council of Europe, which was forwarded to the Committee of Ministers of that pan-European organization for further procedure.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, assessed that Priština, by applying for membership in the Council of Europe, showed that it had violated the Washington Agreement and asked the representatives of the international community why they are inviting Belgrade to talks when Kosovo Albanians demolish everything they sign.
“They brutally trampled on him and trampled on him, they don’t worry about anything. After 10 years of trampling on the Brussels agreement, they have now trampled on the Washington agreement, and they have never respected Resolution 1244 (UN Security Council),” Vucic said.