Minister Creighton welcomes positive outcomes in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue19 April 2013
The Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, has welcomed the outcome of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue today.
Speaking as the talks concluded, the Minister said:
“After many hours of difficult talks Serbia and Kosovo have gone a long way to fulfilling the conditions for progress on their respective European paths. It was the Council that set these tasks for them in December and the progress today should be recognised be recognised. The Irish Presidency stands ready to work with both parties in the weeks ahead. This will begin when I meet the Minister for European Integration of Kosovo, Vlora Citaku, in Luxembourg on Monday. I met the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Integration, Suzana Grubješiæ, in Strasbourg earlier this week.”
“I visited Belgrade and Pristina last September. During that trip I saw the real potential for the two sides to come together and I am very glad that we are moving towards the realisation of this potential. The enlargement agenda is very close to my heart. I look forward to visiting the region on behalf of the Irish Presidency in June, ahead of the European Council at the end of that month.”
“This is a historic this step forward. The difficult recent history in the region means that talks are emotive and often difficult but will mean real progress in terms of lasting peace and stability in the region and for the peoples of both Serbia and Kosovo.