Statement on the recent developments in the north of Kosovo

As delivered by Ambassador Anne-Kirsti Karlsen at the Permanent Council, Vienna, 28 September 2023.

Mr Chair,

Norway has aligned itself with the statement delivered on behalf of the European Union. I would like to add a brief remark in my national capacity.

We echo the condemnation of the hideous attack by an armed gang against Kosovo Police officers in the north of Kosovo. The responsible perpetrators must face justice.

We urge to refrain from violence, engage in constructive dialogue and abstain from further provocative actions and rhetoric. A comprehensive agreement on full normalization of relations, dialogue and compromise is the only way forward.

Norway will continue to support efforts to strengthen regional cooperation and the normalization process, through the OSCE, the EU or other international organizations.

Thank you.