Let us consider the second point: in accordance with the terms of the signed agreements, Serbia will suspend its official and unofficial efforts for a period of one year and encourage other States either not to recognize Kosovo or to revoke existing recognition. In return, Kosovo will not apply for new memberships in international organizations for the same period. There are also obligations to find and identify the remains of persons who disappeared from the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict and to rehabilitate refugees from that conflict and after the end of the war. [11] [12] Trump used the signing ceremony to consolidate his image as a “dealmaker” on the eve of the presidential elections, calling the agreement a “major breakthrough” in the tumultuous relations between the two former Yugoslav states. Following an agreement reached in December 2012, the two nations exchanged liaison officers working at EU premises in the two capitals. Pristina called these officers “ambassadors,” but Belgrade refused such a name. [30] Negotiations supported by the European Union culminated in 2013 in the Brussels Agreement on the normalisation of relations between the governments of Kosovo and Serbia. The agreement obliged both sides not to block the other in the EU accession process, defined the structure of police and local elections in all parts of Kosovo and also defined the proposal of the Community of Serb Communities. So how does the Washington agreement fit into this strategy? The plans depicted can only be carried out with the support of the United States. The very title of the agreement is misleading: it would be about “normalizing relations,” but the first twelve points of the agreement are more about the government of the Serb-controlled northern region of Kosovo.

There is only one point in bilateral relations, and it is simply said that neither side will block the progress of the others towards the EU. A new summit at the White House was hosted by Grenell and scheduled for September 3-4, 2020. [7] Grenell, with Robert C. . . .