Kosovo’s president in a dilemma about visiting Belgrade

Kosovo’s president in a dilemma about visiting Belgrade

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, October 27, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

It’s still not known if the president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga will go to Belgrade in order to participate in the 38th Meeting of the Trilateral Commission of the European Group, which will be held on November 1 in Belgrade.

Jahjaga has been invited to participate in this meeting, which will discuss on the integration of the states of West Balkan in the European Union.

The president of the country’s adviser, Arber Vllahiu says that a decision is still under way on the invitation received by the European Group of the Trilateral Commission.

“We’re yet to take a decision on the invitation that we received by the European Group of the Trilateral Commission and all the other protocol aspects. A response will be issued as soon as possible”, said Vllahiu.

The head of the Serbian Group of the Trilateral Commission, Jovan Kovacic, declared that several leaders of the region have confirmed their participation in the meeting.

According to him, confirmation of participation has arrived from the prime minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, president of FYROM, George Ivanov and that of the Serb Republic of Bosnia, Milorad Dodik.

“We are also waiting on the confirmation of Mrs. Jahjaga and the member of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic”, said Kovacic.

Analysts: Jahjaga must go to Belgrade

Meanwhile, experts of political developments in Kosovo, do not see any reasons as to why president Jahjaga shouldn’t participate in the conference in Belgrade.

Professor of international affairs, Afrim Hoti, says that the recent incidents in the football match between Serbia and Albania must not have an impact on the agenda of the head of the state.

“I believe that in spite of the daily developments, president Jahjaga must follow a state formation agenda and in this aspect, for as long as invitations come from any kind of serious international mechanism, she must positively respond. I understand the frustration and tension recently caused, especially after the football match between Albania and Serbia, nevertheless, if there’s a country that must be isolated, this is Serbia and not Kosovo and Albania”, declared Hoti.

Political analyst, Dukagjin Gorani says that the president of Kosovo must go to Belgrade, because this would contribute in the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

“I believe that she should go and this would be a visionary response by the government and society of Kosovo. I hope that there’s a mutual will to normalize relations and I hope that there will be a suitable climate for a strong cooperation in the future and good neighboring relations”, says Gorani.

According to him, the normalization of relations is imperative for all the countries of the region, because is the main prerequisite in the process of European integration.

“Another fact is that for southwestern Balkan it’s very important that Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as states and a society, to be involved in every kind of joint cooperation, not only for the sake of normalizing relations, but at the same time, for the sake of economic development too, which is currently at a very critical level”, said Dukagjin Gorani, former adviser for security of Prime Minister Thaci, adding that the next visit of the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama to Belgrade, has a historical importance.

Kosovo Serbs against Jahjaga’s visit to Belgrade

The visits of Kosovo’s state leaders to Belgrade, is seen by Serbs of Kosovo as something that shows that an Albanian state is being formed in the Balkan. They accuse Belgrade of treason.

A few days ago, Belgrade was visited by two ministers of the government of Kosovo and president of the country, Atifete Jahjaga has also received an invitation to visit Serbia.

For the leader of the Serbs of the north of Kosovo, Marko Jaksic, this visit shows the treason of Serb authorities in Belgrade toward Kosovo.

“After signing the Brussels’ Treaty, which means that Kosovo is detached from Belgrade, the aim now is to create another Albanian state in the Balkan”, said Jaksic.

He believes that the visit of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin to Serbia, only covers the mistakes of the government in Belgrade, which is applying a policy through which it gives up on Serbia’s territories. /ibna/