Kosovo has new strategies in the process of talks with Serbia

Kosovo has new strategies in the process of talks with Serbia

Pristina, 12 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s institutions are preparing a new strategy and a new approach in the talks for the normalization of relations with Serbia, at a time when Belgrade has continued to lobby against the accession of the country in international organizations.

Belgrade initially hindered the accession of the neighboring country in UNESCO and applied the same policy for the accession of Kosovo in international football federations such as UEFA and FIFA.

Kosovo’s state leaders and analysts say that the format of the talks with Serbia must change given the circumstances.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa says that it is difficult to continue dialogue while Serbia tries to hinder Kosovo’s integrating processes.

“We have a contradiction in the behavior of the Serb government. On one side they want to look as if they cooperate in  front of the European community, while on the other, they block Kosovo’s accession in international organization, for which they have pledged that they will not do”, Mustafa says.

“We will complain in Brussels. I briefed the high representative Federica Mogherini and commissioner Avramopoulos on this, because it is difficult to continue dialogue with the sort of behavior that Serbia is manifesting toward these processes”, he says.

Analyst Shkelzen Dakaj told IBNA that Kosovo must postpone the talks until Serbia adjusts its approach.

“With the current approach, talks with Serbia cannot continue. These talks are not normalizing relations between the two countries. The situation has even deteriorated. Serbia is preventing the movement of goods and people. It is hindering Kosovo’s accession in international organization and also Kosovo’s recognition by several countries with which it has good relations”, Dakaj says.

According to him, given that the talks are not bringing any benefits for the citizens of Kosovo and do not normalize relations between the two countries, the format of the talks must change.

Meanwhile, the deputy speaker of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek says that the future of Kosovo and Serbia is closely tied.

“For this, the reality between the two countries must work for the normalization and advancement of relations between the two countries”, Lunacek said. /balkaneu.com/