Thaci seeks unity from international representatives in Kosovo

President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci met today ambassadors and heads of international missions in Kosovo to share with the impressions from the Western Balkans summit in Berlin and the upcoming meeting in Paris.

Thaci told international representatives that he appreciates the goodwill on the part of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Emmanuel Macron to push forward processes in the Western Balkans but noted that “the meeting in Berlin neither opened nor closed ideas or concepts regarding the possibility of a final Kosovo-Serbia agreement being achieved.”

He said the dialogue will have to end in mutual recognition and Kosovo’s membership in the UN. “An agreement that would preserve the substance and multiethnic character of the country and the society, and that paves way for integration in NATO and the EU,” he said.

Thaci underlined the importance of the EU member states, and the western countries in general to be more unified on Kosovo and said he was disappointed to learn that the there was no coordination with the U.S. regarding the Berlin summit.

“I hope the meeting in Paris will be well prepared, that EU member states will be more unified, will present creative ideas on how to move forward and that the meeting will have substance.”

With regards to the resumption of dialogue for normalization of relations with Serbia, Thaci said “we will not allow the dialogue being conditioned by Serbia” and added that the import tax on Serbia will remain in force.