Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in a crossroad

Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in a crossroad

Pristina, 6 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa says that Kosovo will not continue dialogue for the normalization of relations with Serbia if the green light for the liberalization of visas is not given.

“We cannot travel all around Europe to engage in talks about Kosovo, while our citizens are isolated. This would be unethical. Therefore we demand a clear answer from the EU as to what will happen with the liberalization of visas”, Mustafa said.

According to him, Serbia benefited from the talks with Kosovo to advance in the process of European integration, while Kosovo continues to remain isolated.

Mustafa’s declarations sparked strong reactions in Brussels. Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman of the EU head of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, declared that the liberalization of visas is not linked with the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.

“I have said that the high level meeting will be held at the beginning of 2016, while the date still remains to be confirmed. The agenda will be made in consensus with the sides. The process of dialogue and the liberalization of visas are two different processes”, Kocijancic declared.

Experts of political developments in Kosovo say that the strong criticism issued by the citizens of Kosovo against Brussels is well justified.

Professor of European Law, Avni Mazrreku told IBNA that the principle of good neighboring relations is a condition for the integration of Kosovo in the EU.

“It’s not good if Kosovo leaders blackmail the EU for their failures in the process of the visa liberalization. Dialogue with neighboring countries is necessary, but it’s good to discuss the format and the content of this process”, he declared.

Kosovo analyst, Vilhard Shala told IBNA that the process of talks with Serbia has come to a gridlock due to the Association of Serb Communes and not the liberalization of visas.

“Constitutional Court announced the Brussels Agreement as anti constitutional. We cannot expect to have proper dialogue if the modalities for the implementation of the Agreement for the Serb Communes are not found. This process will be further complicated given that the Serb side has declared that it will send this agreement to the Constitutional Court in Serbia”, Shala says.

According to him, current government in Kosovo has lost its legitimacy and is not able to handle vital processes for the state and its citizens. /ibna/