There’s no European future without normalizing relations with Serbia, Kosovo’s PM says

There’s no European future without normalizing relations with Serbia, Kosovo’s PM says

Pristina, 6 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Isa Mustafa says that the normalization of relations with Serbia is an important factor, not only for the European future of Kosovo, but also for its economic and social development.

“We’re in the process of signing a Stabilization and Association Agreement, of finalizing the criteria needed for the visa liberalization regime and we need to attract foreign investments and foreign capital for the economic development. All of these and many other processes are conditioned by internal stability and normalization of relations with Serbia”, Mustafa declared.

According to him, the Association of Serb Communes is proving to be one of the most difficult topics.

“Kosovo’s delegation was constructive in trying to find a solution within the constitutional and legal system of the country. On the other hand, the Serb side insisted that the association should have some central and local government powers”, Kosovo’s PM outlined.

Mustafa says that the Association must not have any executive powers whatsoever.

“Every solution which would create an asymmetry of powers and this would be damaging not only for Kosovo, but also for our friends who have helped us in consolidating democracy and institutions, because we would see a non functional system”, Mustafa says.

According to him, reconciliation with Serbia will make the life of the citizens of Kosovo easier, but the same thing will also happen with the citizens of Serbia.

“We’re interested on finding the best solution which helps in the integration of Serbs and gives them a better perspective, like all the citizens of our country. We’re ready to spend lots of time and energy for sustainable solutions, which would create stability for our country, regional stability and European perspective”, he said.

On the other hand, Serbia’s PM, Aleksandar Vucic confirmed two days ago his readiness for the next meeting and his readiness to reach an agreement with Kosovo for the pending issues, including Association of Communes.

“As far as we’re concerned, we’re always ready to continue the talks. Even last time, we were in Brussels to agree and not to avoid the agreement, but we want to reach an agreement that benefits our people and an agreement which brings compromise. We will not allow the humiliation of the Republic of Serbia”, Vucic said.

Self Determination: We will not allow Kosovo’s division

But, the leader of the largest opposition party, Self Determination, Visar Ymeri has a different opinion.

He has strongly reacted against the declaration issued by PM Mustafa, in relation to the Association of Communes.

“Through the farce of transparency, PM Isa Mustafa is trying to prepare us for the next compromise on the Association. In the past, he used to say that once he came in power, there would be a different approach in the talks, while today, 6 months after the creation of the government, we’re seeing that Kosovo is using up all its energy for the talks with Serbia and the Special Tribunal imposed by Serbia”, Ymeri said.

Ymeri said that the party that he leads will not allow the division of Kosovo.

“PM Isa Mustafa must be clear that Kosovo’s division, through the Association of Communes that will have executive powers, is unacceptable”, said the leader of Kosovo’s opposition.

Meanwhile, experts of political developments in Kosovo, say that the association of Serb communes in Kosovo must not be given any executive powers.

Analyst Vilhard Shala told IBNA that the creation of the association with executive powers would enable the north of Kosovo to remain under Serbia’s control.

“It would be fatal for Kosovo if the Association of Communes would have powers in the domain of security and matters that relate to the taxation system. If these powers are given, then this would undo Kosovo as an economic market”, he says. /ibna/