The Time for Establishing the ASM is Now

By: Derek Chollet, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State and Gabriel Escobar, U.S. Special Envoy for the Western Balkans

The United States and the European Union have placed a renewed emphasis on the integration of the Western Balkans into the Trans-Atlantic family. As President Biden and Chancellor Scholz stated on February 2022, they are committed to “completing the work of integrating the Western Balkans…to finally realize a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.”

Among our most important aims in the Western Balkans is helping to create the conditions for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable relationship between Serbia and Kosovo. During the past few weeks, and alongside France, Germany, Italy, and the EU, we have traveled to Belgrade and Pristina to encourage both parties to accept the EU proposal for the two countries to normalize relations, break the cycle of crisis and confrontation, and decisively advance their European integration. This is an historic opportunity we believe both sides should seize.