Catherine Ashton: “Kosovo among EU priorities”

There are differences over recognition but there is agreement on the substantial program of help that EU is putting in place in Kosovo, says Catherine Ashton.

The EU foreign policy chief stated that main challenges of the EU foreign policy were Kosovo, how to rally Chinese and Russian support for a possible effort at tightening sanctions against Iran on account of its nuclear program, the Middle East conflict and building the EU’s own diplomatic service.

After adoption of the Lisbon Treaty the potential for enhancing the EU’s ability to speak with one voice is clear, “but so are the limits imposed by the inescapable fact that some governments do not see eye to eye on crucial dossiers”.

As an example of limitations that Ashton will encounter, the British daily menioned Kosovo and emphasized that five of its 27 members of the EU had not recognized its unilateral declaration of independence.

“There are differences over recognition but there’s absolute agreement on the substantial program of help that we’re putting in place in Kosovo. My job is to translate this position into action and represent it. When we don’t have agreement, there are ongoing discussions among member states,” Ashton said.

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