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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pacolli, in the meeting of Adriatic Charter countries: Kosova should become a full member

New York, 22 September 2017 – First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, participated in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Adriatic Charter countries.

In his speech to his counterparts of member states, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, expressed the commitment of the new Government of the Republic of Kosovo for regional cooperation and the need for joint commitment for a safer, more stable and more prosperous Western Balkans, restating that orientation towards the integration in Euro-Atlantic structures remains one of the main pillars of foreign policy of the Republic of Kosovo.

“For many years, the Adriatic Charter has been a success story of close and strategic cooperation between our region and United States of America. This mechanism serves as a strong connection between us and NATO and it is a platform to ensure peace and stability in the Western Balkans”, stated Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pacolli.

“We do not want to be only observers in important Forums. We deserve to be members. Full members. This Charter will not be able to fulfil its mission while Kosovo is not a member and the policy of opened door of Charter is not a reality”, he continued.

During the presentation, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pacolli, stated that the membership of Montenegro in NATO was the greatest news for the Western Balkans for a long time, while calling for continuing this process even with Kosovo, Macedonia and other regional countries.

Moreover, he restated the commitment of Kosovo institutions in relation to the dialogue with Serbia on normalization of relations as two independent countries and at the same time expressed the commitment that the process of transforming the Kosovo Security Force into Kosovo Armed Forces will take place in coordination with NATO and partner countries.  

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