NATO spoke about the events in the north of Kosovo

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NATO welcomes the Agreement on de-escalation in northern Kosovo, reached by Belgrade and Pristina, and supports the EU-mediated dialogue as an effort to normalize relations, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Carmen Romero said today.

In a video address to the participants of the Belgrade Security Forum, Romero emphasized that the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina is the only way to a lasting agreement and the key to the stability of the region.

Recalling the 15th anniversary of Serbia’s participation in the Partnership for Peace program, she said that NATO has been committed to peace and stability in the Western Balkans for decades and that the KFOR mission is “the most tangible proof” of that commitment.

– Partnership with NATO brings real benefits to Serbia and its citizens, and NATO also benefits through greater stability and cooperation in the region – Romero pointed out.

She reminded that Serbia and NATO are cooperating on security force reform, as well as cooperating on various projects, from destroying unnecessary weapons to organizing joint exercises or, during a pandemic, when NATO members supported Serbia, especially Turkey and the Czech Republic.

– That is why we should continue cooperation on things that are important for both NATO and Serbia, a secure Western Balkans, improved planning in connection with emergency situations, and fight against the threat of radicalization – said Romero.

According to her, Serbia is trying to build a modern European democracy and plays an important role in maintaining security in Europe and around the world, through participation in peacekeeping missions and exercises.

She also pointed to the challenges facing NATO and the values ​​it stands for today, including the “growth and assertiveness” of Russia, which is “trying to interfere in our democracies”, and China, which is using its power to persuade other countries and control its own citizens ”, then increasingly sophisticated terrorist attacks and threats, but also climate change.

“NATO has been adapting to change for 70 years, and will continue to do so with the help of its 2030 Agenda, in which we focus on increasing national resilience, enhanced cyber defense mechanisms and the inclusion of climate change in the center of security policies,” Romero said. we can do a lot together, so that cooperation would benefit Serbia and NATO. “

The effects of the pandemic, economic uncertainty, the crisis of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism, xenophobia and mistrust, all of which, as the organizers pointed out, “put humanity at one of the greatest,” exams in history ”.

The forum is jointly organized by the BFPE Foundation for Responsible Society, the Belgrade Center for Security Policy and the European Movement in Serbia.

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