Matthew Palmer’s Appointment as Special Representative for the Western Balkans

MEDIA NOTE

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON

AUGUST 30, 2019

The Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans.  In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.

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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES, August 13, 2019

The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States stand united in our aim to see the full normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia via a comprehensive, politically sustainable, and legally binding agreement that contributes to regional stability. The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path towards the European Union (EU) and is simply not sustainable. After years of stagnation, the time has come to finally end the conflicts of the 1990s and provide a secure and prosperous future for the people of Kosovo and Serbia by negotiating in good faith an agreement that both sides can support.

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