On 7 and 8 July Günter Gloser, Minister of State for Europe, will travel to the Republic of Kosovo for political talks and to visit the German KFOR contingent.
In Pristina he will meet President Fatmir Sejdiu, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni. Talks are also scheduled with Pieter Feith, the International Civilian Representative and EU Special Representative, Yves de Kermabon, Head of the EU CFSP Rule of Law Mission EULEX KOSOVO, and Lamberto Zannier, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative.
In addition Minister of State Gloser will visit the Prizren-based German contingent of the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR).
Prior to his departure, Mr Gloser issued the following statement today (4 July) in Berlin:
"We want peace and stability in Europe. The German KFOR troops and those of other countries in Kosovo are playing an indispensable role in this regard. The EULEX KOSOVO Rule of Law Mission, which has just begun, sees Europe assuming greater responsibility on its own continent and supporting the creation of a police and justice system in Kosovo."
The Republic of Kosovo declared independence on 17 February 2008. It is currently recognized by 43 countries, including 20 EU Member States. Germany recognized Kosovo on 21 February. On 15 June Kosovo's constitution entered into force.