Political crisis veers off the attention from the talks between Kosovo and Serbia

Political crisis veers off the attention from the talks between Kosovo and Serbia

Pristina, June 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

At a time when talks are being held for the formation of the new government in Kosovo, the talks for the normalization of relations with Serbia have been somehow left on the side.

Germany’s ambassador in Belgrade, Heinz Wilhelm says that the European Union is waiting for the epilogue of the elections in Kosovo in order for the talks with Serbia to continue.

“The signing of a peace treaty between Serbia and Kosovo, which would be obligatory in the international plan, is a condition for the full accession of Serbia in the EU”, said Wilhelm.

The EU special representative to Kosovo, Samuel Zbogar told IBNA that since the very start, EU has been engaged to facilitate talks between Kosovo and Serbia.

“We’re confident that this process will have positive results for the citizens of Kosovo and Serbia. This process strengthens regional collaboration and at the end of the day, it will benefit the European perspective of both countries, Kosovo and Serbia”, said Zbogar.

According to him, regional collaboration is a key precondition for every country that aspires to be an EU member country.

“Dialogue is always difficult and implementation is a very important part of it. Progress toward European integration will depend on the progress which will be achieved in this direction”, says the European diplomat.

Meanwhile, the opposition agreement between the three political parties in Kosovo, Democratic League of Kosovo, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and Incentive for Kosovo, is being conditioned by Self Determination, with the votes of which, a majority can be reached in parliament in order to nominate the future prime minister of the country, Ramush Haradinaj.

Although this process has many unknown elements in it, Self Determination conditions the opposition with the suspension of talks with Serbia.

Leader of Self Determination, Albin Kurti told IBNA that these talks must be suspended because they are not bringing any benefits for Kosovo.

“Talks between Kosovo and Serbia have benefited the latter in two aspects. Through the participation of Kosovo in the negotiations, it has earned the aura of the good and constructive neighbor, thus enabling the granting of the EU candidate status and the date for the launch of negotiations for EU accession. Meanwhile, the agreements which have led to these negotiations have formalized Serbia within Kosovo. If, the Ahtisaari Plan has conceived the separatist principle by drawing the territory with ethnic lines, by continuing in this direction, this process has taken the dimensions of an autonomous entity with the April 19, 2013 agreement for the formation of the Association of Serb Communes.  If, with the Ahtisaari Plan we had Serb ethnic communes with extended powers, with the April 19 agreement, we have an association which cannot be undone by any of the state institutions; with the Ahtisaari Plan we have a police commander who is elected by Serb communes, after the April 19 agreement, northern communes elected the regional commander. With Ahtisaari Plan we have a judiciary system which is ethnically divided in the first level, while last year’s agreement has ethnically divided appeal court too”, said Kurti.

Speaker of parliament in Kosovo, Jakup Krasniqi told IBNA that the talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia have so far resulted successful.

“Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia is necessary, but I’m still skeptic if these talks have achieved their objective”, says Krasniqi.

Given that these talks are of a vital importance for Kosovo and the stability of the region in general, professor and head of department of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Pristina, Bekim Baliqi says that public opinion must be explained the content of the agreements.

“This doesn’t mean that relations have normalized, given that political stances are antagonist, contacts and collaboration rare and lack of trust still high. Nevertheless, the agreements that have been reached are an important step in the process of creating trust and necessary social cohesion in order to overcome ethnic divisions in the country”, says he.

Western diplomats in Kosovo told IBNA that the new government in Pristina must immediately engage in continuing the talks between Kosovo and Serbia. /ibna/