The impact of talks between Kosovo and Serbia

The impact of talks between Kosovo and Serbia

Executive Director of the Kosovo Center for Diplomacy, Labinot Hajdari, the Director of the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, Florian Qehaja and the prominent analyst, Dugagjin Gorani, comment for IBNA the efforts for the normalization of relations with Serbia

Pristina, 6 April 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia has produced a number of disagreements, but so far it has not found any application in practice.

The talks which have been held with the brokerage of the European Union have not been reflected as much as they should have in the improvement of the life of citizens of both countries.

Analyst Dugagjin Gorani told IBNA that the main scope of the talks is to deliver as many government engagements and agreements signed between Pristina and Belgrade.

“This is the main scope of the talks: to give rise to mutual obligations and for the sides to then deliver them”, Gorani said.

According to him, Brussels and all the others are hoping that the process of implementation is just another name for the process of normalization between the two countries.

“They’re hoping that this process is finalized with the recognition of Kosovo by Serbia, but also Kosovo’s acceptance of Serbia as a neighboring country. Both countries will have an impact in the political and social events of each other and they must learn how to live with this. This is how relations between EU member countries work and we must get used to it”, Mr. Gorani says.

Analyst Gorani suggests that the reconciliation between the two countries and the normalization of relations between them still needs a lot of time.

“It will still take lots of time, if we bear in mind the primitive political mentalities in Serbia and Kosovo. Many years after the war, governments in Belgrade and Pristina are formed and overthrown through nationalist demagogy and never as a result of bad governance. This makes me believe that the process of normalization between the two countries will last at least another decade”, he added.

Director General of the Kosovo Center for Diplomacy, Labinot Hajdari told IBNA that dialogue with Serbia has brought many benefits to Kosovo, in domestic developments, economic developments and foreign policy developments.

“The continuation of dialogue with Serbia must be limited by Kosovo and by Brussels too, with the implementation of the agreements that have been reached so far, which unfortunately are not being implemented, otherwise dialogue without concretization has no meaning or interest for Kosovo”, he says.

Meanwhile, the director of the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, Florian Qehaja told IBNA that the talks have affected in the normalization of the North of Kosovo.

“There is a notable improvement of the situation with security in the north of the country. And this shows that political will –in this case, Belgrade’s – is essential for peace and security in that part of Kosovo”.

Qehaja says that the necessary steps have been taken in order to dismantle two formations: members of Serb police and the so called “Civil Protection”. “With the latest movements, Serbia reconfigures its role by integrating its members within Kosovo security sector. In case the relations are deteriorated, then there could be destabilization and as a result, the processes achieved so far would be jeopardized”, he said. /ibna/