Baerbock: The attack carried out by an armed terrorist group against the Kosova Police in the north was insidious
The German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, requested an investigation from Serbia for the attack in northern Kosovo on September 24.
At the press conference after the summit of Foreign Ministers of the Berlin Process in Tirana, Baerbock said that the provocations of the Serbian side with the increase of troops on the border with Kosovo have made the situation tense. The attack by the Serbian armed group, where the Kosova Police officer, Afrim Bunjaku, was killed, was described by the German minister as insidious.
“The provocations of the Serbian with the increase of troops on the border with Kosovo have further tensed the situation which was already tense and we talked about this during this meeting and this happens after an insidious attack against the Kosova Police by a terrorist group, armed to the teeth. We expect Serbia to further advance the investigative processes for the events of September 24 and contribute to clarifying the circumstances of the May incident against KFOR soldiers. The situation is so tense that NATO has increased the presence of KFOR and through this signal we make it clear that we remain vigilant, we contribute to stability and security, but the key to solving the conflict is in Belgrade and Prishtina… there is no other alternative but for Serbia and Kosovo to commit to the implementation of the Ohrid agreement and what we expect is more willingness to compromise, more courage to face even the opposite sides of internal politics”, she said.
Baerbock emphasized the importance of the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania, Igli Hasani, said that these meetings take place at an important moment for the Western Balkans.
“The good news is that there is a new political will to expand the European Union with the Western Balkans. These initiatives help us integrate into some European Union common market policies. The goal is that the revitalization of the integration process is made concrete with measures that are tangible by the citizens. Energy and transport are two key sectors on this year’s agenda of the Berlin Process. Beyond these two areas, we have worked on concrete initiatives in other sectors as well”, said Hasani at the end of this summit.
24 delegations from the member countries of the Berlin Process gathered today in Tirana at the meeting of Foreign Ministers. This was the last ministerial meeting in the series of three ministerial meetings that precede the Summit in Tirana, which will be held on October 16.