Statement following the high level meeting in the framework of the EU-facilitated Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina

Today, Presidents Tomislav Nikolić and Hashim Thaçi and Prime Ministers Isa Mustafa and Aleksandar Vučić joined me for a high level meeting of the Dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. I would like to thank them for the open and very constructive meeting we had. They discussed the developments over the past days, agreed to leave the tensions behind and to focus on the work ahead. I underlined that progress in the normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is essential: for Kosovo and Serbia, for the European Union itself, and the Western Balkans region as a whole. Advancing in the Dialogue is key for both sides in moving forward on their respective paths towards the European Union. I am encouraged by the leadership, vision, commitment and engagement shown by the political leaders today to address and solve issues of mutual concern through the Dialogue. Both sides agreed to take the Dialogue forward in a spirit of respect, cooperation and mutual understanding. Discussions between the sides will intensify over the next days. We decided to have a series of rounds of the high level Dialogue, starting from the coming days. I want to thank once more the Presidents and Prime Ministers for their openness and their strong commitment to the Dialogue. We will now take the agreed work forward constructively and concretely for the benefit of all people in Serbia and in Kosovo, advancing concretely on their European paths. I as a facilitator of the Dialogue will continue to be constantly personally involved in supporting the full implementation of today’s outcome, of agreements already reached and...

Federica Mogherini meets UN Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler

On 24 January 2017, the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini met in Brussels with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, Martin Kobler. Federica Mogherini and Martin Kobler exchanged views on the political and security situation in Libya, and on the regional initiatives to support a political, inclusive solution in the country. They discussed the perspectives of intensifying cooperation to support such a solution which should be to the benefit of all Libyans. In this respect, they discussed EU-UN cooperation also together with that of other regional actors with a view to overcoming the obstacles to finding a negotiated outcome to the many challenges that Libya faces. The HR/VP also updated the Special Representative on the EU’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the challenges of irregular migration along the Central Mediterranean Route, which focus on saving lives at sea and tackling traffickers and smugglers. She underlined the importance of assisting migrants, including with their protection, including by engaging with Libyan authorities and international organisations to improve the conditions of migrants inside Libya – and promoting migration governance in Libya, whilst tackling the root causes of migration. In this regard, the HR/VP Mogherini also updated the UN Special Representative Kobler on the training of the Libyan Coast Guard by EUNAVFOR MED Operation...