Warmly welcomed in Kosovo, Biden to press for peace with Serbia

US Vice President Joe Biden, a strong supporter of Kosovo during its struggle for independence from Serbia, arrived to a warm welcome in Pristina for talks on Wednesday.

The daily Bota Sot described the visit as "historic" while another daily, Epoka e Re, praised Biden as "a great friend of Kosovo."

While he affirmed continued US support for Kosovo, Biden urged the Albanian majority leaders to work on normalization of ties with Serbia and to implement an agreement allowing the minority Serbs more rights.

The "scars of war are still raw," he said, but "some decisions need to be pushed through ... Reconciliation is necessary," Biden said.

Boa Sot said that Biden would also warn the governing coalition and the opposition to enter into a political dialogue and end the feuding that has crippled the work of parliament and spurred often violent demonstrations.

The opposition has been trying to block the ratification of agreements with Serbia and neighbouring Montenegro by violently disrupting parliament for nearly a year.

The vice president warned that both the agreement on Serb rights and a long-delayed border demarcation deal with Montenegro must be signed as positive for the region.

Recognizing Biden's support of the mostly Albanian Kosovo, a street in Pristina will be named after the veteran leader's deceased son, Beau.

The vice president arrived Tuesday night from Belgrade, where he also insisted on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue and regional cooperation.

Last update: Wed, 17/08/2016 - 15:09
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