The path towards the correction of borders between Serbia and Kosovo is paved with dangers and it gives self-confidence and support to those who want to break BiH, stated one of the former high representatives in BiH, Paddy Ashdown.
He and two other former European envoys Carl Bildt and Christian Schwarz-Schilling signed an open letter that was sent to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, on the topic of proposal on changing the border between Serbia and Kosovo.
Ashdown is convinced that the solution for relations between Serbia and Kosovo cannot be found on the destruction of the fundamental principles of the EU on multi-ethnic communities, and not on, as he calls them, the “mono-ethnic pockets” that would be created in the region of Balkan.
“Mogherini is the one that supports this idea within the EU,” said Ashdown, and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin would have the largest benefit from its realization and then he would apply it to the Ukrainian crisis.
When asked if this letter that was sent to European officials could be considered as dramatic appeal, Ashdown stated: “You can use whichever word you like. This is an important statement – warning to certain people in the Balkans and the EU who chose this path so that they are aware of the facr that it is pawed with danger. ”
“I think that everything was said in the letter. Allegedly, it is not about establishing a precedent, but a territorial exchange, but whoever knows the Balkans, as I think we know it, knows very well that it will give confidence and support to those who want to break down BiH,” stated Ashdown.
He also stated that the “European pool” is in chaos.
“Second, the European Union and Brussels are leading the policy in a way to not use the influence they have. Nobody suggests that we should return to the past times, but the EU has the advantage and more instruments in BiH at its disposal than in any other country in the world. However, they decided not to use them, for some unknown reason. Therefore, the European Union chose less active approach there, which left empty space for others. Putin on one side and Erdogan on the other side are using the opportunity to demonstrate something that I think will have a harmful effect on BiH. Moreover, it will also serve to the purpose of those who want destabilization of BiH, ” said Ashdown.