Kosovo heading to international isolation

Kosovo heading to international isolation

Pristina, 22 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Opposition representatives in Kosovo have once again warned that they will block the next parliamentary session

The opposition said that democratic action will continue, until PM Isa Mustafa withdraws from the agreement on the Association of Serb Communes.

The head of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, said that the opposition will participate in Friday’s session and that it will not change its position.

“The opposition will continue to block parliament’s work until they withdraw from the agreements. The opposition is not exerting violence. We’re protecting institutions and democracy”, Haradinaj said.

Meanwhile, foreign diplomats in Pristina say that the continuation of the political crisis can isolate Kosovo in the international arena.

US ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie declared today that parliament of Kosovo must continue to vote laws which are important for the country.

“Investors are seeing the images of violence and chaos. This is not a good thing for Kosovo”, said the US diplomat in a joint press conference with speaker of parliament, Kadri Veseli.

Delawie added that he has a message for those who bring weapons to the parliament of Kosovo.

“You are damaging Kosovo’s economy, you are isolating Kosovo and also depriving the country of the visa liberalization regime and international recognition”, Delawie said.

Meanwhile, speaker of parliament, Veseli called on opposition MPs to bring their concerns in the house of parliament.

“Parliament is not a place where we block, but a place where we communicate. If there’s a place where we can express our patriotism, then this place is parliament” , Veseli said.

“I would like to assure the US ambassador and all of you that Kosovo will be a story of success, that the investment made by our partners, especially the US in building the state of Kosovo and democracy in this country, have been perfectly justified”, he added. /ibna/