Serbia is still living in the past, says PM Thaci in the UNO

Serbia is still living in the past, says PM Thaci in the UNO

Pristina, February 7, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Hashim Thaci declared yesterday in New York that Serbia is still living in the past, while calling on the Serb leadership to look into the future and engage into implementing the agreements reached in Brussels, through EU brokerage.

Thaci made these comments during the UN Security Council session on Kosovo, which discussed the quarterly report of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the situation in Kosovo.

“February brings the seventh anniversary of the independence  and the seventh anniversary finds Kosovo more consolidated as a state, inside the country and abroad”, said Thaci.

Thaci said that he expects dialogue with Serbia to continue, while calling for international pressure to be exerted on Serbia in order for it to comply with the agreements reached so far.

“Political dialogue has been waiting on the creation of new governments, first in Serbia and then in Kosovo, but the technical dialogue has continued”, said Thaci.

“I want to express our concern about Serbia’s tendencies to postpone and delay the implementation of agreements”, said Thaci.

The head of Kosovo diplomacy said that he was concerned about the findings of the Belgrade based Human Rights Fund report which blames the current head of the Serb army, Lubisha Dikovic for a number of murders in Kosovo during 1999.

“I invite the Serb leadership to find the strength in order to deal with the past”, said he.

Thaci accused the Serb government of installing parallel structures in communes with Serb majority.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic said that the Serb government is expecting the end of the political crisis in Kosovo in order to continue talks with the new government.

“Serbia has been open in the dialogue with Kosovo in order to find a practical solution which would improve the representation of the Serbs of Kosovo in the government of Pristina”, said Dacic.

“The Serb government has met all the obligations emanating from the agreements reach in Brussels in April 2013”, said he.

Dacic also mentioned the incident of January 6 in Djakovica in which Albanians prevented Serbs from entering the Orthodox church of this city on Orthodox Christmas day.

“The only minister that condemned this incident was Aleksandar Jablanovic and after this, he lost his job”, said Daci.

But, Thaci said that his discharge from the government cabinet had to do with Jablanovic’s unprofessional behavior.

UK’s representative in the UN said that London is expecting from the new government of Kosovo to work more in order to improve the independence of the justice system and fight against corruption.

Commenting on the dialogue, the British representative said that he wishes both sides good luck for the next meeting in Brussels, which will be held on February 9.

“This dialogue is important for the path of integration of both countries in the EU”, said the British diplomat.

He condemned the violence demonstrated in the recent protests in Pristina, for which he launched an appeal for both sides.

“We appeal for the majority and opposition to restrain themselves from violence”, said the British ambassador in the UN.

Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador in the UN, said during the debate on Kosovo that the continuation of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina cannot advance if this dialogue doesn’t address, like he said, the main topics in the agenda.

In this case, he mentioned the creation of the Association of Serb Communes. The Russian diplomat said that he wants UNMIK to be more active in Kosovo. /ibna/