Talks between Kosovo and Serbia heading towards an end

Talks between Kosovo and Serbia heading towards an end

The new round of talks for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is expected to start in September.

These talks are expected to mark the finalization of a long process of negotiations, which may lead to a mutual recognition of the two countries.

For both countries, the agreement has been imposed as a condition for them to be able to advance in the process of European integration.

The president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci says that the finalization of dialogue with Serbia should lead to a mutual recognition and Kosovo’s accession in international organizations.

“Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, including border demarcation, should be finalized with mutual recognition and Kosovo accession in the UN and other organizations. Any other alternative is absurd”, president Thaci said.

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the idea of partitioning Kosovo, territorial exchanges or the so called “border correction” as part of the process for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

Kosovo has rejected the idea for the division of its territory, but it has been involved in the debates sparked by the idea launched by president Hashim Thaci for a so called “border correction”, which, according to him, means union of the Presevo Valley, a region inhabited mostly by Albanians in the south of Serbia, with Kosovo.

President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic continues to stress that he will continue to fight for the partition of Kosovo in order to offer Serbs more than they what they currently have in Kosovo.

Meanwhile, the recent debates have also sparked numerous reactions by the international community.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel said that the land borders of Western Balkans cannot be changed.

However, the future ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett declared in front of the US Senate Commission for Foreign Affairs that the US has not changed its positioning regarding the solution of disputes between Kosovo and Serbia.

“Our position has not changed. We back dialogue brokered by the EU between the two countries. We think that it’s very important that the two countries overcome old conflicts. This is not a code word to cover the idea of territorial exchanges. We want to see what ideas the two governments present. Our long-term strategic goal is to see stability in the region and the solution of old disputes between the two countries”, Mr. Kosnett said. /ibna/