Lack of political dialogue in Kosovo

Lack of political dialogue in Kosovo

Pristina, 8 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The political crisis in Kosovo has made the functioning of parliament impossible through constructive and sustainable political dialogue between all political parties.

This situation has blocked many processes, such as the realization of the European integration agenda, the implementation of the Brussels’ agreement, the establishment of the Special Tribunal and the implementation of the strategy for economic development.

While the governing coalition calls for dialogue, on Thursday the opposition is expected to boycott parliament.

Self Determination, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo are looking into all alternatives to overthrow this government and head to elections.

MP of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Teuta Haxhiu says that such possibility has been discussed, but nothing has been decided yet.

“We have discussed it, but we haven’t taken any decisions yet. We will decide in the meeting that will be held on Thursday morning. Leader of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj has given up on his mandate as an MP and in the days to come, all opposition MPs will follow his example”, Haxhiu said.

The parties in power are against the plan of the opposition to boycott institutions.

The head of the Parliamentary Group of the Democratic League of Kosovo, Ismet Beqiri says that it’s the parliament’s job to hold sessions even if the opposition is against them.

“The opposition has not been voted to burn or violate the institutions of the country, but to offer its opinion and we are ready to hear it. But we cannot be held to ransom by those who are violating institutions”, Beqiri says.

Beqiri also says that the three opposition parties are invited to return to dialogue and give up on the acts of violence.

Speaker of Parliament, Kadri Veseli says that parliament has many important points on the agenda which it must discuss and approve.

The next parliamentary session will be held on 10 March, but opposition parties declare that they will protest and that they will not allow the holding of any sessions.

Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that Kosovo is in front of a very important challenge, such as political dialogue.

“There is a very serious challenge for the future, the lack of political dialogue. It seems that this will damage the Euro integration process for Kosovo. The processes that Kosovo faces cannot be solved without unity and cooperation between political parties”, Shala declared.

According to him, Kosovo is facing two alternatives, political dialogue or early parliamentary elections. /ibna/