Dialogue is the only alternative, Kosovo’s president says

Dialogue is the only alternative, Kosovo’s president says

Pristina, 17 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga held her annual address today in parliament. Jahjaga invited all political parties to sit down and talk in order to solve the current political crisis.

According to her, this crisis has seriously challenged domestic and international political consensus on which Kosovo has been built. These developments, Jahjaga said, seriously challenges rule of law in Kosovo.

President Jahjaga reminded MPs that parliament turned into an arena of violence. She invited political parties to give up their personal interests in order to defend the interests of the country.

It’s been three months now that opposition political parties continue to block the holding of parliamentary sessions, by letting off teargas, in order to contest the signing of the agreement with Serbia on the setting of the Association of Serb Communes and that on the border demarcation with Montenegro.

Opposition parties in Kosovo demand the annulment of these agreements, while the government of Kosovo has turned them down, inviting the opposition to discuss any issue that they have in parliament.

As president of the country, Jahjaga said that she has continuously invited political parties in power and opposition in dialogue, for the solution of the crisis, but she has encountered obstacles in every occasion.

Dialogue is the only way solution for the problems, Jahjaga said. Jahjaga told the opposition that in spite of the fact that they contest the Association of Serb Communes, the only institution that can interpret the principles of this agreement is the Constitutional Court.

Meanwhile, as far as border demarcation with Montenegro is concerned, she said that the setting up of an ad hoc committee would clarify any uncertainty.

The crisis and the dramatic developments, Jahjaga said, are wasting too much time for Kosovo and are shaking the faith of international partners.

Jahjaga also talked about the continuation of dialogue with Serbia for the normalization of relations between the two countries.

Jahjaga could not conceal the fact that she was upset by the decision not to grant Kosovo the visa free regime.

Meanwhile, opposition parties, Self Determination, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo, left parliament and were not present during this address. /ibna/