Joint meetings between Kosovo and Albania, a media show or a reality?

Joint meetings between Kosovo and Albania, a media show or a reality?

Pristina, 29 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Government of Kosovo has decided to hold a third joint meeting with the government of Albania on June 3.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa declared that these meetings are making the old dream of unrestricted cooperation between the two countries a reality.

“For us, cooperation with Albania remains a priority for the process of European Atlantic integration because both countries offer a direct contribution in the peace and security of the region”, Mustafa declared.

According to Mustafa, Kosovo and Albania have proven their commitment in the global fight against terrorism and throughout history, they have testified  a good religious tolerance.

Mustafa has mentioned Kosovo’s priorities for cooperation with Albania. According to him, these priorities relate to economic development.

On the other hand, experts of political affairs see these joint meetings as media shows, without any concrete results.

Professor of political science, Xhon Culaj told IBNA that the next meeting between the two governments can only have a media effect and nothing else.

“In principle, it is a good idea, but if the agreements signed between the two countries are not implemented, then these meetings are pointless. So far there have been two meetings between the two governments, but they haven’t reflected anything in the life of the citizens”, Culaj said for IBNA.

Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that the meeting between the two governments is only a political “bubble”.

If there truly were political will to collaborate, it could take place in very low levels, which could have a bigger impact. For example, the reduction of the amount of work in embassies and diplomatic centers would cut significant expenses for Tirana and Pristina”, Shala said.

This will be the third meeting between governments of Pristina and Tirana, following the meetings held in Prizren in January 2014 and Tirana in March 2015. /