Serbia/ Kosovo - Agreement in Ohrid (18 March 2023)


Following the March 18th meeting in Ohrid, North Macedonia, which was hosted by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, Serbia and Kosovo agreed on the implementation of the EU-backed agreement to normalize relations between the two countries.

This represents significant progress for the stability of the Western Balkans and the security of the European continent. It also bolsters both countries’ EU membership prospects, thanks to the European mediation efforts, in close coordination with the United States and host country North Macedonia, not to mention both parties’ spirit of responsibility. France also played an important role in this process. The President of France and the Minister spoke with Prime Minister Kurti and President Vučić together with Chancellor Scholz on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

France strongly encourages the two parties to act responsibly by immediately beginning to fulfill all of their obligations under this agreement in good faith. Henceforth, this constitutes an integral part of their commitments with regards to their respective European perspectives. France will continue to mobilize efforts to support the European mediation until a comprehensive, definitive and legally binding agreement is reached.