Ivan Vejvoda, associate of the Institute of Social Sciences in Vienna, told RTK2 that frequent visits by international officials to Belgrade and Pristina are aimed at encouraging the continuation of a dialogue that will lead to finding a mutually acceptable solution that must be verified by the UN Security Council.
What will be the solution to the Kosovo issue, Vejvoda says that the answer should be given by the elected representatives of both nations, and that any solution in question should include all the burning issues. Vejvoda says that although there is a will to reach an agreement the content is not known, but it would be good to know something about it.
However, according to him, similar situations in the world are solved behind closed doors.
“If you mention any historical precedent, you will see that it was solved first of all peacefully, often without the knowledge of others, in order to come up with some sort of solutions, and in that regard, I think that all of those who come here want to encourage the continuation of dialogue and to find a solution that must to be verified by the five members of the UN SC, about which Federica Mogherini spoke,” Vejvoda says.
According to Vejvoda, normalization should be in the interest of people living in Kosovo and Serbia, and the current uncertainty and frozen conflict are the worst. On the suggestion on border correction, Vejvoda says that when the US says there are no red lines in reaching an agreement, and when they say, come before us with some sort of agreement, so we will look at it, that means the Security Council.
He adds that it must be acceptable according to international legal norms, for the safety of citizens, and it should give guarantees for peace and security.
Vejvoda recalls that the 1975 Helsinki Treaty, which states that if the two sides agree on any solution, it must be acceptable. He points out that it is unacceptable if the solution is imposed by one or the other side, or an external factor.