Restoring positive trend of normalization of relations key to progress and stability, says OSCE Secretary General Zannier after visiting Kosovo
PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 10 March 2017 – OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier concluded today a trip to Prishtinë/Priština, where he visited the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and met heads of Kosovo institutions and representatives of political parties, communities, religious groups, civil society and the international community.
“Restoring a positive trend of normalization of relations is key to progress and stability,” said Zannier. “Leaders must remain committed to the implementation of the Brussels agreements and to the EU-facilitated dialogue process with renewed energy and assurance.”
Zannier said that developments in the region are particularly worrisome. “I met with the government and opposition leaders, and I encouraged them to maintain a constructive approach in order to avoid a spillover of tensions,” said Zannier.
Zannier called for further dialogue between all parties represented in the Assembly to resolve outstanding political grievances for the benefit of all people in Kosovo.
“Dialogue between all political parties’ representatives should take place in the Assembly free of intimidation and violence. It is the responsibility of Assembly members as elected officials to represent the interests of their constituencies in the best possible way through active and democratic deliberations,” he added.
Recognizing the need to address issues of the past and build social cohesion, the Secretary General commended President Hashim Thaçi for his initiative to establish the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Zannier highlighted the work of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo in promoting the protection of community rights and underlined the Organization’s commitment to strengthening inter-faith dialogue and religious tolerance.