Grabar-Kitarovic: Serbia-Kosovo territorial exchange would open up Pandora's box

Grabar-Kitarovic: Serbia-Kosovo territorial exchange would open up Pandora's box

Grabar-Kitarovic: Serbia-Kosovo territorial exchange would open up Pandora's box Izvor: Shutterstock

An exchange of territory between Serbia and Kosovo would open up Pandora's box in Southeast Europe, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Monday.

The Croatian president was in New York for the 74th UN General Assembly which she will address on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Croatian president met with UN Secretary-General Guterres and discussed with him the situation in Southeast Europe, notably Bosnia and Herzegovina, relations between Belgrade and Kosovo, and what Croatia "as the leader in the region will do to help further stabilise the situation and help solve outstanding issues."

"I mentioned the exchange of territory and said that it would be a very bad idea that would open up Pandora's box and lead to various demands for territorial swaps in the entire territory of former Yugoslavia," she said.

The Serbian state leadership earlier mentioned the possibility of exchanging the northern, Serb majority part of Kosovo for the Albanian majority south of Serbia, as a way for the two countries to get closer to resolving their dispute. That idea is strongly opposed by France and Germany while the United States and recently Austria said that they could accept such a solution.

Grabar-Kitarovic criticised the proposal for a territorial swap at a bilateral meeting with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, whose position on the matter has changed.

Grabar-Kitarovic added that Guterres also wanted to know what Croatia would be doing during its chairmanship of the European Union and "how we will make use of it, for ourselves as well as for our neighbourhood."

POVEZANE VIJESTI

Comments (0)

Comment sent successfully.

Comment sending failed.

Invalid CAPTCHA

* All fields are required

MOST POPULAR

NAJČITANIJE

READ MORE

NEWS

NEWS

Skopje's PM wants early elections urgently 14:05 h

14:05 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Only 1 in 10 Croats knows how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation 14:04 h

14:04 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Minister: The Zadar alleged gang-rape case should be left to judiciary 13:10 h

13:10 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Medvedev: Russia supports peaceful Kosovo solution, in line with Resolution 1244 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Serbia: Saturday protest in support of Krusik whistleblower 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

About 300 protesters demand that Croatia revokes treaties with Vatican 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Citizens across Croatia gather to protest sexual violence 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Slovenian MEPs write to EU leaders against Croatia's accession to Schengen Area 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

PROČITAJTE JOŠ

NEWS

NEWS

Skopje's PM wants early elections urgently 14:05 h

14:05 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Only 1 in 10 Croats knows how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation 14:04 h

14:04 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Minister: The Zadar alleged gang-rape case should be left to judiciary 13:10 h

13:10 h  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Medvedev: Russia supports peaceful Kosovo solution, in line with Resolution 1244 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Serbia: Saturday protest in support of Krusik whistleblower 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

About 300 protesters demand that Croatia revokes treaties with Vatican 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Citizens across Croatia gather to protest sexual violence 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Slovenian MEPs write to EU leaders against Croatia's accession to Schengen Area 19.10.2019.

19.10.2019.  |  NEWS

loader