Nuland’s message in Kosovo: Consolidate the state and neighboring relations

Nuland’s message in Kosovo: Consolidate the state and neighboring relations

Pristina, 11 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In the framework of an official visit in Western Balkan region, Assistant US Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland has visited Pristina on Sunday, where she met with the most senior officials in the country.

In the meetings with the president of the country, Hashim Thaci, PM Isa Mustafa and speaker of parliament, Kadri Veseli, Nuland talked about the normalization of relations with Serbia, the process of European integration and the fight against corruption and organized crime.

Mrs. Nuland didn’t issue any comments after the meetings, but in the press releases issued by Kosovo’s leaders, she is quoted to have asked for more progress in the fight against corruption, underlining that the justice system is a priority for the United States.

She said that “the EU’s attention is not focused on the Balkan region now, while in fall, the USA will be focused on the presidential elections, therefore Western Balkan countries must take the necessary steps to consolidate their states and relations between them.

It would be good for Kosovo to take the necessary steps before fall and preserve its momentum of positive developments”, she is quoted to have said, stressing the importance of the finalization of border demarcation with Montenegro, as a very important process for Kosovo’s European integration.

Meanwhile, Kosovo leaders have expressed their readiness to take this step forward.

Meanwhile, the opposition says that the agreement signed in August 2015 damages Kosovo and takes away from it over 8 thousand hectares of land. The opposition doesn’t withdraw from its positioning in spite of international opinions that border demarcation is in line with the documents in force, including the plan based on which Kosovo’s independence was declared.

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci said that the government and Parliament must finalize this obligation in the days to come and that “this issue has been unjustly turned into a political issue which is damaging Kosovo’s citizens, by delaying the process of the liberalization of visas for them”.

Kosovo leaders also said that the country remains committed in the fight against extremism and terrorism, but also in the finalization of the consolidation of security structures, including the creation of Kosovo’s Armed Forces. /