Kosovo: Opposition refuses dialogue, it demands fresh elections

Kosovo: Opposition refuses dialogue, it demands fresh elections

Pristina, 12 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga has continued the meetings with party leaders in order to find a solution about the political crisis in the country.

However, the representatives of the three opposition parties, Self Determination, AAK and Incentive, say that they will accept to meet with the heads of the governing coalition only to discuss the holding of the early parliamentary elections.

According to opposition parties, the meetings held by president Jahjaga are pointless because they do not produce any results.

Spokesman of Self Determination, Frasher Krasniqi, says that the leader of this party will not accept Jahjaga’s invitation to dialogue, as according to him, the president’s meetings are worthless.

“It has been seen that the meetings with the president do not lead to anything. The crisis has been caused by two people who have violated the Constitution and have attempted to restore Serbia’s control in a part of the territory. We will not meet with the president and with the two people who caused the crisis, but we will meet with the people in protests”, Krasniqi said.

Head of the Incentive for Kosovo, Fatmir Limaj, called on political leaders to sit down on the table of talks as soon as possible, in order to build an agenda for the new elections.

Limaj said that the only solution for the crisis rests on the early elections. He has denied the rumors that with the leader of AAK going to the meeting with the president, the opposition is divided.

According to him, the opposition is more united than ever. He said that the opposition is being engaged for the 17 February protest, which will be a peaceful one.

“The sooner the elections are held, the better it is. I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all political leaders to sit on the table of talks in order to build a political agenda and discuss how and when to hold the elections. We must agree on having a fair and democratic process. Anything else will just deepen the crisis”, Limaj declared.

The same stance was also held by the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj.

“Citizens are also disgruntled about other things and not just those things that have to do with the Association and Demarcation. The fresh elections are the only alternative for the solution of the political crisis. I will attend the president’s meeting only if the topic relates to the date of the next parliamentary elections”, Haradinaj said.

Meanwhile, representatives of the international community in Kosovo have declared that they are against the holding of fresh elections. According to them, the political crisis must be solved through talks by the representatives of parliamentary parties in the country. /ibna/