The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Bernabic has said that it is unfortunate that the leader of the winning party in Kosovo, also a candidate for Prime Minister, Albin Kurti has said that the continuation of the dialogue with Serbia is not one of his priorities.
“I think this is a lack of seriousness of the political elites in Pristina. Dialogue is the only way to have a normalization agreement, which would mean more prosperity, economic progress and stability. “I do not know what else could be the biggest priority,” said Bernabic.
She said reaching an agreement on normalizing relations should be a priority for Pristina. According to her, Kosovo has no “perspective” without dialogue and agreement with Belgrade. He argued this with the fact that more than half of the world does not recognize Kosovo. Bernabic added that Kosovo “cannot negotiate EU membership” as the bloc’s five member states do not recognize it as a state.
“We are here for dialogue,” she told a news conference.
Following the release of the preliminary results from the early parliamentary elections held on Sunday in Kosovo, the leader of Vetëvendosje, Albin Kurti, said that the formation of a negotiating team for dialogue with Serbia is not his priority, as he said, it is a priority of sixth or seventh for the citizens of Kosovo.
“Our priority is employment and justice,” Kurti said, adding that if Kosovo is economically weak, Serbia will not abide by any agreement.
The dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, facilitated by the European Union, started ten years ago. After a stalemate of almost two years, the process resumed last summer. But, because Kosovo went to early parliamentary elections, there have been no new rounds of high-level talks since last autumn, while only a few expert-level meetings have taken place.
Until the election of the new Government of Kosovo, official Brussels has warned that there will be no meetings within the dialogue./REL