NATO chief comments on "border correction" idea

NATO "strongly supports the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue"; as for "potential border adjustments" it hopes the sides will find a mutually acceptable solution.

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(EPA-EFE, file, illustration)
(EPA-EFE, file, illustration)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this in Brussels on Monday.

Stoltenberg spoke ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday, when "Western Balkan countries' relations with NATO" will also be considered together with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Asked by a reporter (from Kosovo) whether NATO "fears that it will face security consequences after the possible implementation of an agreement, which hypothetically might include border corrections" - Stoltenberg replied that NATO "strongly supports the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, because that's the only way to solve the outstanding issues."

The NATO chief recalled that he recently visited Belgrade, and that one of his main messages was the importance of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

"When it comes to potential border adjustments, I will only say that we support the dialogue, and we hope that they will be able to find a solution that is acceptable to both Belgrade and Pristina," Stoltenberg said.

According to him, "it is important that all actors refrain from provocative actions and provocative rhetoric to try to reduce tensions and make progress."

Stoltenberg stressed that "NATO will continue to be present in Kosovo, we have our KFOR operation there which is important for stability."

"KFOR will continue to be impartial, helping to make sure that we have the necessary stability and security to see progress on the effort to find a politically negotiated solution," Stoltenberg said.

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