Leaders across Europe have sent the new administration in Washington their well wishes in the 24 hours since Joe Biden took the oath of office.
Montgomery: There will be no progress in the dialogue until the West understands the importance of the Kosovo question for Serbia
*Note: English version of an op-ed by Mr. William Dale Montgomery for the Kosovo Online web portal published on 11th January 2021, courtesy of the author – original text from Kosovo online available at: https://www.kosovo-online.com/vesti/politika/montgomeri-nece-biti-napretka-u-dijalogu-dok-zapad-ne-shvati-znacaj-kosovskog
Mr. Montgomery is a retired United States diplomat. He served as the US ambassador in Serbia and Montenegro.
You (Kosovo Online web portal-CEAS comment) have asked a number of specific questions. It is more important to focus on some basic realities about the Balkan situation. I emphasize that I am reflecting the observations of the politics of the region I have personally observed during and long after my retirement from diplomacy and not the official views of any government or individual besides myself.
Joe Biden has a longstanding relationship with the Western Balkans. A re-energised US policy on the region could be transformative, especially when working in tandem with the EU
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