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PACE rapporteur welcomes Belgrade-Pristina agreement on key issues

Strasbourg, 24.02.2012 – Björn von Sydow (Sweden, SOC), Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the situation in Kosovo,* has welcomed the agreement reached today in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on two key issues, namely Kosovo’s representation in regional forums and technical details of how Serbia and Kosovo will manage their joint borders.

“I congratulate the Serbian and Kosovo negotiators, whom I met during my recent visits to Belgrade and Pristina, for their goodwill and responsible leadership, which demonstrate their willingness to move forward and to be part of the European family,” Mr von Sydow said. “This is the kind of sensible behaviour that I advocated during my visits, focused on the needs and security of citizens and on raising their standard of living. I trust that this progress will enhance mutual trust to the benefit of the entire region.”

He continued: “That said, I believe that much work remains to be done by the Council of Europe with a view to enhancing the standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the region for the benefit of all people who live there.”

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* All reference to Kosovo in this text, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.