President Jahjaga received the Director for Balkans at the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. Owen Jenkins

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, received today at a meeting the Director for Balkans at the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. Owen Jenkins, with whom she discussed the actual developments in the country, the process of international consolidation of Kosovo, its European agenda and the process of the normalisations of relations with Serbia.

President Jahjaga praised the engagements of the British Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague, on the global initiative on prevention of sexual violence as a tool of war, and the inclusion of Kosovo in this initiative. She said that victims of sexual violence during the war must be given comprehensive support with the aim of stopping of further stigmatisation and their inclusion in the society.

President Jahjaga emphasized that Kosovo has entered into a contractual agreement with the EU through initialling of the Stabilisation-Association Agreement, and emphasized the importance that Kosovo is treated as equally as other states that have undergone through this process. She also said that visa liberalisation dialogue must be concluded successfuly and that citizens of Kosovo should soon be able to move freely in EU as do other citizens of the region.

President Jahjaga pointed out that Kosovo is actually at a stage of shaping of its institutions, constitution of the new legislature of the Parliament and of the new Government, which will enable the continuation of its international dedication and fulfilment of obligations, thus pave the way to the Euro-Atlantic integrations. Madam President also said that Kosovo has already demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate its dedication to the to the dialogue process with the Republic of Serbia, as part of the process of normalisation of relations between the two countries.

President Jahjaga also added that all agreements achieved at the EU facilitated dialogue process must be implemented as this helps the lives of citizens of both countries. She said that Serbia must show greater cooperation by relinquishing its influence with the ethnic Serbian citizens of the northern part of the territory of the Republic of Kosovo.

Director for Balkans at the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. Owen Jenkins, praised President Jahjaga’s work and emphasized the importance of her further engagement with the global initiative in prevention of sexual violence during the war. He said that United Kingdom will continue to help and support Kosovo in its democratic processes. Mr. Jenkins pointed out that normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is of an exceptional importance and stated the need for implementation of all agreements achieved at the EU mediated dialogue process.

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