Britain hosts Balkan foreign ministers meeting | Europe update | DW

On Monday (13/12/2021), the United Kingdom will host the foreign ministers of six Balkan countries, along with representatives from the United States and the European Union, to try to mediate the increasingly deteriorating environment in the region.

The head of British diplomacy, Liz Truss, will host a meeting the day after the meeting of the world’s most developed democracies, grouped into the Group of Seven major nations, in Liverpool (Northern England) last weekend. .

The foreign ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will attend today’s meeting in London, according to a statement from the British government.

The talks come at a time when regional tensions are at an all-time high.

That same week, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik insisted on his plan to separate Republika Srpska from the central organs of the rest of the country, in response to a new warning from the international community about the consequences of giving that up. he passed.

Dodik had obtained last Friday from the Bosnian Serb parliament to repeal laws that in the past granted powers to the central state.

International High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Christian Schmidt warned at the beginning of November of the danger of destabilization and division of the Balkan state in the face of Dodik’s threats to withdraw Serb forces from the central army to form its own army, in violation of the constitution.

“Tensions are high and the international community must work to protect the peace that has been difficult to achieve,” Truss said, according to a statement issued by his ministry.

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For the UK, it will be “vital” to strengthen economic ties with the Balkan countries, in order to create jobs, ensure stability and promote freedom and democracy in the region.

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