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Pacolli: Kosovo committed to peace in region, we have three key priorities (Telegrafi)

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Kosovo’s Foreign Minister and Principal Deputy Prime Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, opened today Kosovo’s presidency of the South East-European Cooperation Process. Pacolli said this is an important task for Kosovo as it happens in the same year when Kosovo has taken over the presidency of the Western Balkans Fund (WBF) and the Migration, Asylum and Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI). “Kosovo is being acknowledged as a trusted partner in the region. Kosovo joined the SEECP at the Bucharest Summit in 2014, and we are pleased that we will be chairing this regional structure in the coming period. This is the sole political structure that derives from the own initiative of countries in the region with the aim of enabling its members to approximate with European and Euro-Atlantic structures, strengthening and transforming the region into a zone of peace,” he said. Pacolli said Kosovo will cooperate closely with all member states during its SEECP presidency. “We have outlined three key priorities that we will strive to achieve during our presidency. These priorities are: focusing on interconnectedness, better utilizing what we already have, better roads, better links between the economy and people. We are pleased with the results achieved this spring, such as the agreement on roaming tariffs between the six countries, and we will make efforts in other areas too. Focusing on youth: as a region in general, we have started identifying youth as one of the key assets of our society. Preventing brain-drain and greater youth mobility in the region and EU is another key priority. We have taken measures how to address this issue at the national level. Key to success is to include both the central government and civil society in the process. Focusing on culture and tourism: Kosovo and the region have a great need to rebrand, redevelop and reignite their true and cultural potential. We have many beautiful things in Kosovo and the region. Promoting culture, young artists and tourism is another key priority through which we will try to bring Kosovo closer to the region and the world,” he said. Pacolli said that at the last activity of the SEECP chaired by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo’s position was not respected, and it was not treated equally with other member states. “This could have been avoided through good political will and better coordination between the member states. Kosovo however remains committed to be a credible partner in the region and in full harmony with the main mission of the SEECP. The EU policy on good neighbourly relations will be presented in the best way possible during our presidency”.

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