German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron together with EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini failed Monday to find solutions to the situation in the Western Balkans, especially on relations between Serbia and Kosovo. After a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the Western Balkan countries, Merkel said it was an informal meeting and no immediate results were expected.
Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic after the meeting thanked Merkel and Macron, which he said acted rationally and were trying to find a solution to the situation in the Western Balkans. The Serbian President noted that Viktor Orban and Boris Borisov were not summoned at the meeting.
The meeting is not about EU, enlargement, Merkel and Macron said about the meeting in Berlin.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said there will be no reconciliation in the region as long as Serbia and BiH do not recognize Kosovo.
Merkel and Macron assessed the Prespa Agreement as a positive example in the Balkans and that this success is an encouragement for all participating countries at the Western Balkans Conference. Prime Minister Zaev and Chancellor Merkel stressed the importance of the economic benefits of the bilateral cooperation between Macedonia and Greece and emphasized that such cooperation should be intensified throughout the region.