Trump Urges Kosovo to Reach ‘Historic’ Deal With Serbia

Offers to host Serb, Kosovar presidents at White House

A letter from President Trump was given to the President of Kosovo urging him to “capitalize on this unique opportunity” surrounding the creation of a military to reach a “comprehensive peace” with neighboring Serbia.

NATO forcibly separated Kosovo from Serbia in a 1999 war, and has maintained that separation since. Serbia does not recognize Kosovar independence, nor do some other nations. The creation of a Kosovo military, backed by the US, has been opposed by Serbia and the rest of NATO as potentially provocative.

Trump however is embracing it as a sign of progress, saying the US “has invested heavily in the success of Kosovo.” In the letter he also offered to play host to the Serbian and Kosovar presidents for the purposes of working on such a deal.

Negotiating such a peace deal would be complicated. Kosovo’s government is notoriously hostile to their ethnic Serbian minority, which lives on the Serbian border and wants to be part of Serbia. The US and NATO, however, have opposed the idea of giving the border Serbs the right of self-determination, insisting they remain part of historical Kosovo, and that Kosovo, while historically a Serbian province, remain independent.

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