Western Balkan countries still fragile, between war and reconciliation

Western Balkan countries still fragile, between war and reconciliation

Pristina, 22 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The last wars in the Balkans caused many human suffering, destruction, material damages and hostility between the nations.

Unfortunately, the peace treaties that put an end to these conflicts could not offer stability in the region, which is facing with many ethnic tensions, bilateral problems and pending issues which serve as a source for nationalist and expansionist ideas.

This was the topic of debate held in Pristina by RECOM coalition.

Former Foreign Minister of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, who was present in this debate, declared that the issue of reconciliation between nationalities is a sensitive issue, which has political and social dimensions.

“If we look at the Balkan countries in 2015, we will notice that there’s been progress. But in my opinion, full reconciliation is far away. We may have to wait another 10 or 20 years for this”, Hoxhaj said.

Meanwhile, Xharko Puhovski, professor of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, has stressed that the Balkan nations must sit down and build communication bridges between each other. .

Petar Miletic, former Serb MP in the parliament of Kosovo, approached the reconciliation process based on the current political situation or the Brussels’ process.

According to him, the agreements that have come out of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels aim at normalizing relations between the two countries.

Miletic said that the international community should not have brokered talks between Kosovo and Serbia, but between representatives of the government of Kosovo and representatives of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo. /ibna/