June 07, 2023

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Joint Statement Calling for Calm Between Kosovo and Serbia Amid Clashes

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) in a joint statement urging calm between Kosovo and Serbia amid deteriorating security conditions between the two nations:

“As U.S. lawmakers, across party lines, we are increasingly concerned by the fragile security situation in the north of Kosovo. Today, we reiterate that there is broad bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate for the European Union’s efforts, in close coordination with the United States, to mediate a path forward. But for a resolution to be tenable, both Prime Minister Kurti and President Vucic must immediately heed international calls to deescalate the situation, restore popular trust in local institutions in the north and recommit to implementation of the Agreement on the Path to Normalization by establishing an Association of Serb-Majority Municipalities in Kosovo. As both leaders consider their next steps, we urge them to choose peace, prosperity and the safety of their respective citizens. Failure to de-escalate the situation would trigger consequences from the West, which has diligently worked to support Kosovo and Serbia on a path forward, and needlessly risks weakening our bilateral relations. That is not in anyone’s best interest. We urge Kosovo and Serbia to work in good faith with the European Union and the United States to find a path forward without delay.”