Kosovo problem should be solved quickly - German ambassador

Before to joining the EU, Serbia has to solve the problem with Kosovo, and a quick solution would be good for everyone.

Source: B92
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That is what the ambassador of Germany to Serbia, Axel Dittmann, told Filip Cukanovic and b92.net on Monday in Belgrade.

Dittmann also spoke about the construction of the new German embassy in Belgrade, Germany's defeat in the first game they played at the World Cup in Russia - and revealed when Serbia might be close to joining the EU...

The German ambassador told Cukanovic said that Serbia "should work to normalize relations with Kosovo" and that "both sides should respect the Brussels agreement, but first normalize relations."

Is normalization necessary for Serbia's entry into the EU?

"It is important that Serbia and Kosovo solve problems because we in the EU do not want conflicts between countries. History teaches us that unresolved border issues cause problems and we do not want that, so - it is true that, before membership, the problem with Kosovo must be resolved," he stressed, and added:

"We're watching what's happening and supporting both parties in reaching a solution, but the speed is dictated by the negotiators. The truth is, a quick solution would be best for everyone."

Asked whether Germany will, along with other countries, be more involved in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Dittmann said that the dialogue is being conducted with EU's facilitation, and that his country is involved, but lets Brussels play its role.

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