The USA expects a concrete proposal from Kosovo for the Association by May 2
The US special envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, says he expects to have a proposal from the Kosovo government for the Association of Serb-Majority Municipalities by May 2 when the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia meet in Brussels.
"I hope that by May 2 there will be a concrete proposal", Mr. Escobar said in an interview for the Albanian service of the Voice of America.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southern and Central Europe said that there has been progress regarding this issue and an extraordinary evolution in the attitude of the Kosovo government, and in particular the Prime Minister, to accept this legal obligation.
"It is an existing obligation under the Brussels agreement and it was very difficult for this government and party to accept it as mandatory. But now they are considering it as an obligation, they have agreed with it and have said publicly what the framework and parameters of the Association should be. And we agree with these parameters", said Mr. Escobar.
The top State Department official said the United States will recognize Sunday's election in northern Kosovo even if Lista Serb boycotts it, saying the boycott does not define the election.