Thaci: Region can become unstable if agreement is not reached
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said today in Prishtina that it is in Kosovo’s national interest to reach a legally-binding agreement with Serbia that would include mutual recognition.
Speaking at a conference on “Vox populi on the grand finale between Kosovo and Serbia” organized by Pristina-based RIDEA, Thaci said Kosovo wants to clarify its relation as a state with Serbia and that this can be achieved only through a process of dialogue with clear timelines and objectives and with guarantees and international backing primarily from the U.S. and the European Union. “I have no doubt that if we don’t reach a legally binding agreement with Serbia this year, we will enter a dangerous zone of these relations and this could bring instability to the whole region,” Thaci said.
“Despite recent initiatives to unblock the process of dialogue, the result is zero. The lack of dialogue and the prospect of reaching an agreement on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is the biggest possible threat to Kosovo’s security and stability”.
Thaci also said “we all know that we cannot wait another twenty years to clarify our relations with Serbia. Time is not on our side. The status quo in our relations with Serbia is unstable”. In its coverage from the conference, Indeksonline quotes Thaci as saying that he is glad that 91 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by RIDEA were against the current status quo. “You have analysed and tested other scenarios too, but it is clear that the Association [of Serb-majority municipalities] is strongly rejected by the citizens of Kosovo … This is a good lesson to those that are still working on this option. They should give up on these dangerous attempts as soon as possible. I also want to say that I am very glad that the border correction or border demarcation option enjoys the biggest support among the people of Kosovo despite a negative campaign by some political parties and others against this scenario,” Thaci said.