Debate continues on the issue of border corrections between Kosovo and Serbia

Debate continues on the issue of border corrections between Kosovo and Serbia

Debate continues in Kosovo and Serbia about the idea of border corrections or territorial exchanges between the two countries.

The UK ambassador to Pristina, Ruairi O’connell has declared that his country is against the idea of border correction.

While he sees a big difference between border correction and change of borders, he said that such processes do not take place in a peaceful way.

However, the country’s president, Hashim Thaci has reacted by saying that border correction will happen through dialogue and peaceful processes.

“The correction of a 400 km long border line between Kosovo and Serbia will be done through dialogue and a peaceful process”, he said.

Meanwhile, there have also been debates in Belgrade on this issue.

On Tuesday, the Serb president slammed the opponents of his idea in Serbia, by stressing that those who rejoice over  chancellor Merkel’s declaration, should know that the entire western world, with the except of a few countries, sees Kosovo as a sovereign state which belongs to Albanians.

He said that he will continue to fight for the partition of Kosovo and to offer Serbs more than what they have for the moment in Kosovo. The Serb president said that at the beginning of September, he’s expected to meet in Brussels with the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci as part of the talks brokered by the European Union.

Kosovo has rejected the idea of territorial partitions, while debates continue on the idea proposed by president Hashim Thaci for “border correction”, which, according to him means union of the Presevo Valley, inhabited in majority by Albanians, with Kosovo.

The idea has been rejected by almost all political leaders in Kosovo, who claim that this could hurt Kosovo’s interests as a state.

While chancellor Merkel declared that she’s against the idea of border changes, debates remain intense due to Brussels and Washington’s refusal to openly reject the ideas coming from Belgrade and Pristina. /ibna/