Serb leadership must wake up, Kosovo has been independent for 7 years, says Foreign Minister Thaci

Serb leadership must wake up, Kosovo has been independent for 7 years, says Foreign Minister Thaci

Pristina, January 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci said on Wednesday that every time Serbia claims to offer its plans for a final solution for Kosovo, this strengthens the conviction that it’s very hard for Serbia to overcome the expansionist mentality of the last century.

He said that these failed plans are not surprising, the same as they’re not surprising for those democratic states of the world that have helped the freedom and independence of Kosovo.

“We can only feel sorry about the existence of this approach by a neighboring country that aspires to become part of the European family. We know very well what are the reasons and principles of the European Union, but we will help our northern neighbor to leave last century’s mentality, making it clear for it that Kosovo has been free for 16 years and independent for 7 years, recognized by the majority of the world”, declared Thaci.

Thaci said that Kosovo is determined to move forward in its path toward EU and NATO accession.

“In the meantime, we hope that politicians in Belgrade will wake up as soon as possible and realize that Kosovo is no longer an anxiety in their minds. Some have realized this a while ago, while others are yet to realize it”, said Thaci.

His reactions came after the declarations of the Serb president for the solution of the issue of Kosovo based on the Southern Tirol and Srpska Republic model. /ibna/