Exclusive interview given for IBNA news agency by the speaker of the parliament of Kosovo and chairman of the National Committee of the new party, Incentive for Kosovo, Mr. Jakup Krasniqi
Dr. JakupKrasniqi, speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo, which was dispersed in the recent days to give way to the early elections, talks in an interview given for IBNA. Currently, a chairman of the National Committee of the newly founded party, Incentive for Kosovo, Mr. Jakup Krasniqi says in this interview given for IBNA news agency that he continues his mission in politics in order to take the country out of the crisis. He says that his mission is to bring a new wave in the rule of law, of the state which knows how to exploit its human and material resources. Krasniqi says that the current government will fall after the June elections, in order to give way to a crucial change. Krasniqi also talks about the process of talks between Kosovo and Serbia. He offers his judgment on the democracy and political system, the process of recognitions, the process of lustration and the political situation and Albanian factor in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Interviewed by Elton Tota
IBNA: Kosovo now enters the electoral campaign for the early parliamentary polls. Citizens are more and more demanding real programs which can improve the standard of their living. How much can Incentive for Kosovo offer in this aspect?
Krasniqi: Electoral campaigns in our country are difficult, because their main objective is to deceive and make noise and on the other hand, there’s a good part of the electorate that wants to hear good words, meaning the lies. In politics, it’s very important to have courage in taking important decisions for the country. The “Incentive” has its own program which can take the country out of the crisis and to bring a wave of the rule of law, the state that knows how to exploit its human and material resources. So far, there hasn’t been political will neither for one, nor for the other. Our knowledge will offer another dimension to justice and love for the development of the country and the dignity of the citizens of Kosovo. For this change needed by the country, “The Incentive” has elected experienced leaders, the right experts who have knowledge, experience and positive energy for changes in the best interest of the country.
IBNA: Do we have a proper democracy and is the political system of Kosovo functioning like it should?
Krasniqi: We’re far from the proper democracy. There cannot be a functional political system where there’s no political will to respect the Constitution and laws. How can there be a political system in the country, when the MP says: “With what we’re doing (referring to the Special Court, editor’s note), the Constitution is being violated” and he was yet voting in favor. This paradox is not an action of proper democracy!
IBNA: Is a similar political rotation that took place in Albania also expected in Kosovo after the June 8 elections?
Krasniqi: It would be good to have a major change. There will be a rotation, as this is in the best interest of democracy and our citizens.
IBNA: How do you consider the talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia?
Krasniqi: Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia is necessary, but I’m still skeptic as to whether these talks have brought us closer to this objective.
IBNA: How do you consider the process of the recognition of Kosovo and is this the right moment to apply for accession in the UNO?
Krasniqi: Kosovo has been recognized by a significant number of countries, but it’s the Russia veto which prevents UNO accession. We also have obstacles in the path of European integration, something which is absurd following the decision to lift the visa regime for Moldova.
IBNA: How do you see the debate opened in Skopje about the lustration process? Do you think Kosovo will soon face such process?
Krasniqi: It’s easy to carry out a lustration process in countries where the system is the only thing which has changed. To us, Albanians, it’s very difficult given that we’ve constantly been oppressed. I don’t know how accurate the files are, because a patriot can turn into a traitor over night. But, the appointment of people in key positions must be done with great care. Unfortunately, we Albanians have become blind in this aspect.
IBNA: How do you assess the current political situation in Skopje, especially the role of Albanian parties in the country?
Krasniqi: I don’t have the necessary information in order to offer an adequate assessment, but their role is not that important.
IBNA: Let us stay focused on the political developments in Skopje. Do you think that it’s now time for new alternatives, new political forces, especially among the Albanian political camp, which would truly handle Albanian matters?
Krasniqi: If we look at the time that Albanian political leaders have occupied their posts, it’s clear that it’s now time for a change. And this is not only valid for Albanians in Macedonia.
IBNA: There are many years that you’re in politics. Tell us the best moments and the moments when you’ve remained disappointed by this profession.
Krasniqi: My good moments in politics started since the very beginning of my involvement in politics. Then we had the homogenization of Albanians in the ‘80s, success of KLA, Independence of Kosovo, etc. There are also cases when I’ve felt proud in difficult moments (referring to the imprisonment, editor’s note), more so than in the December 2010 elections. This parliamentary term that we left behind has often put me in front of great dilemmas, but I have managed to find the right path, although with difficulty. I have been disappointed by those that I didn’t expect. To be honest, I don’t feel well about the fact that everything must often start from the beginning. Let us believe in a fresh start.