IBNA Special Report
Pristina, July 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Political and constitutional crisis in Kosovo has led to a visit on Sunday of the assistant secretary of the US Department of State, Victoria Nuland. The senior US diplomat has brought clear messages to the Kosovar politicians about the talks with Serbia and the creation of the new government.
In the meetings with president Atifete Jahjaga, prime minister Hashim Thaci and two opposition leaders, Isa Mustafa and Ramush Haradinaj, Nuland has pushed for an immediate creation of a stable government and the start of the talks with Serbia.
Although she has not commented on what was discussed in these meetings, IBNA learns from sources inside these meetings that Nuland has been clear with all political leaders in the country, that there must not be step backward steps in the process of talks with Serbia.
“Nuland said that the talks with Serbia must resume as soon as possible and that their format must be the same as those held so far in Brussels”, the source said.
She demanded for the talks with Serbia not to be conditioned and that there should not be delays in the implementation of the agreements reached so far.
Nuland has also talked about the formation of the new government of Kosovo, which came out of the June 8 elections.
Although she hasn’t said that who must form the government, according to IBNA’s sources, Nuland has demanded for the government to be formed as soon as possible and for this government to offer political stability in the country.
Meanwhile, president Atifete Jahjaga said in a press statement after the meeting with the US diplomat that she has assured her that talks with Serbia will continue.
Jahjaga said that through the intensive talks with Serbia, Kosovo must continue with its normalization and the strengthening of its sovereignty. The president said that the progress made so far is important, but that the implementation of agreements reached with EU brokerage are a key factor, including the removal of barricades which are a serious obstacle in building up good neighboring relations between the two countries, says the press statement issued by the president’s office.
Jahjaga has assured the vice secretary Nuland that the talks with Serbia must continue to be a priority and has stressed the need of conditioning Kosovo’s and Serbia’s path to the EU with the progress of the agreements reached in Brussels.
Jahjaga has also addressed the security challenge that radicalism imposes on Kosovo and the region, but said that Kosovo has responded with constructiveness by undertaking strong steps to defeat this threat and that the majority of the citizens of Kosovo are against this negative phenomena.” Kosovo will not be a safe haven or a transitory path for these elements and we will work in close partnership with our allies to address these threats”, said Jahjaga.
Jahjaga has thanked vice secretary Nuland for the extraordinary support of USA for Kosovo’s accession in the European Union and NATO.
“I had the pleasure to receive in a meeting the vice secretary of the US Department of State for European and Eurasia Affairs, my old friend, Mrs. Victoria Nuland. We talked about the latest developments in Kosovo and the region and I stressed that Kosovo will comply with its engagement to normalize relations with Serbia and that it will further continue these talks”, said Thaci.
Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa said that during the meeting with Mrs. Nuland, he has pledged that he will work in the best interest of the citizens and state of Kosovo.
“We just had a meeting with the vice secretary Nuland where we informed her on the processes in Kosovo, on the elections and the activities of the opposition parties about the new governing alternative of the country. We pledged that we will respect all democratic procedures in this process and that we will work in the best interest of the citizens and the country. We exchanged our opinions about the strategy and perspectives of the development of Kosovo and cooperation with the United States of America and our European Union integration process”, said Mustafa. /ibna/