Former head of the NATO Military Committee, Sir Stuart Peach, will be the UK’s special envoy for the Western Balkans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has decided.
n doing so, London is following in the footsteps of Washington, which has appointed a special envoy for the region, Gabriel Escobar, and a special envoy for electoral reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mathew Palmer.
The European Union has a special envoy for dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and other Western Balkan countries, Miroslav Lajcak, while the Executive Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Angelina Einchorst is leading talks on BiH electoral reform on behalf of of the EU, writes the Croatian newspaper “Jutarnji List”.
Brussels is not surprised by this decision of London, which wants to remain an important factor in the region even after the withdrawal of Great Britain from the European Union.
As a member of NATO, but also as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a member of the QUINT Group (USA, Britain, France, Italy and Germany), the United Kingdom certainly has a role to play. important to play in the region, writes the Croatian newspaper, reports Telegrafi.
But some diplomats in Brussels are surprised that the British government has decided to put a “heavyweight” military in that position. In addition to being the head of the NATO Military Committee, he was also the Chief of the General Staff of the British Army.
A statement from the British Government regarding the appointment of a special envoy for the Balkans said that this shows a commitment to the stability and prosperity of the region.
Stuart Peach will take office as soon as he resigns as chairman of the NATO military committee, which is the highest military post in this military alliance.
“As the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Sir Stuart will work with Western Balkan leaders, as well as other partners in the region and beyond, and with allies in the US and Europe to promote and strengthen regional stability. “His work will include promoting strong democratic institutions and an open society, assisting in the fight against organized crime and other common security challenges, and encouraging solutions to outstanding conflicts, such as war crimes and disappearances.” , says the statement of the British government.
It says the British envoy to BiH will support High Representative Christian Schmidt and work with partners to support the EU-mediated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.
The same statement said the High Representative warned that BiH was facing the greatest existential threats in the post-war period and that there was a real possibility of further divisions and conflict.
The statement quoted Prime Minister Boris Johnson as saying, “The Western Balkans are experiencing the greatest threat to stability and security in more than two decades. We have a responsibility to do all we can to maintain the successes achieved through peace and dialogue. We can not allow any return to the violence and divisions of the past. “Mr. Peach’s extensive experience and expertise will strengthen international efforts to preserve peace and promote Euro-Atlantic integration in the region.”
The Croatian daily writes that “although there is a lot of disagreement between the EU and the UK after Brexit, the Western Balkans are cooperating and wanting to work together to promote pro-Western forces in the region, which are increasingly being challenged. much of Russia’s growing influence and other factors. ”