USA is expected to mount pressure on the demarcation agreement with Montenegro

USA is expected to mount pressure on the demarcation agreement with Montenegro

Pristina, 8 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Victoria Nuland will visit Kosovo at the end of this week (10 July), where she is expected to discuss with representatives of the majority and opposition for the solution of the crisis relating to the demarcation with Montenegro, one of the criteria of the European Commission for the liberalization of visas.

Nuland is expected to demand from the political class in Kosovo to intensify dialogue on issues which relate to the Euro Atlantic future of Kosovo.

Nuland will deliver Washington’s recommendations for the border demarcation with Montenegro, fight of corruption and crime and the continuation of dialogue with Serbia.

But will political parties take Nuland’s messages into account?

According to the declarations issued so far by opposition representatives, such thing is not expected to happen, as the opposition has rejected the US State Department’s evaluation last year, which stated that demarcation with Montenegro is in line with the 1974 Constitution and the Ahtisaari package.

International law professor, Vilhard Shala told IBNA that the frequent visits that foreign diplomats make in the country and the constant messages addressed by ambassadors in Pristina to solve the crisis, is the best indicator of the lack of ability by politicians in Kosovo to engage in dialogue.

“Dialogue is the essence of policy making. Our politicians have forgotten how to engage in dialogue on issues which decide the future of the country. Several parties have even abandoned parliament. Hence this intensive diplomacy of the United States, but also Germany and Great Britain. These movements indicate that the international community is more interested on solving the crisis than our politicians”, Shala declared. /