Serbia Albania Agreement

The agreements also contain provisions that both Serbia and Kosovo label Hezbollah a terrorist organization and support the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide. [11] On October 19, 2020, the Serbian and Kosovar governments adopted a plan to create a joint committee for the search for the remains of about 1600 Ethnic Albanians and Serbs who have disappeared since the Kosovo conflict from 1998 to 1999. [28] In a previous draft agreement, a provision was added for both parties to purchase liquid natural gas, a trade policy promoted by the Trump administration. Most Western nations have recognized Kosovo`s independence. Serbia is supported by its allies, Russia and China, if it refuses to do so. Friday`s agreement brings the recognition issue to a one-year halt in the US-led dialogue, but a European dialogue continues. While participating in economic negotiations with the United States, Kosovo and Serbia continued to participate in a parallel dialogue focused on the political differences between the two sides. [10] The agreement signed at the White House does not correspond to the full diplomatic recognition that Kosovo wants and on which both the Trump administration and the European Union have worked. Both Kosovo and Serbia have agreed to implement a number of agreements (previously signed on 14 February 2020) that will improve the rail and motorway link between the two countries and connect this infrastructure to a deep-water port in the Adriatic. In addition, both sides have pledged to work with the US on memoranda of understanding to “operate” the provision of loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other bilateral projects without really specifying them. The implementation of these measures has long been hailed by Richard Grenell, Trump`s special envoy for Kosovo and Serbia and architect of Friday`s agreement in Washington, as the “backbone” of economic normalization between Belgrade and Pristina. According to Grenell, the 20-year struggle between Kosovo and Serbia will only be solved through economic normalization, youth employment and a growing economy. They can only start talking about political issues and the ultimate goal of mutual recognition when the economy begins to improve and trust between the two sides is established, according to the argument.

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