Kosnett: Decision to disband anti-corruption task force, wrong

In an interview with TV Dukagjini, the United States Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett said there are many scenarios with regards to elections or government reshuffling but leaders of political parties in Kosovo must respect the Constitution.

“If the Constitution allows for changes in the coalition, we will respect that. But if Kosovo goes towards elections, we will respect that option too. I have heard people saying that the United States will not allow elections or that we won’t accept certain results, this is not true,” he said.

Kosnett said there is no chance that the U.S. will bring the name of the new President of Kosovo in an envelope.

“I don’t think any of my colleagues are interested in doing this. We are in 2020 and I don’t believe that such instructions from the outside can function,” he said.

Kosnett said the government’s decision to disband the anti-corruption task force was wrong.

“I think the Prime Minister was wrong in this case. The task force was a very efficient organization. The government should have done a better job of explaining its objectives. I am not saying that the government cannot make changes, but it needs to do a better job in explaining its decisions,” he said.

Kosnett said Kosovo is part of Europe and that it must maintain good relations with Brussels. “When I came to Kosovo, I met the political leaders and they would often tell me: “We don’t need the Europeans because we have special relations with the U.S.’.

I told them: ‘Yes you have special relations with the United States and I would like for the democrats and republicans in the U.S. to agree on other issues the way they agree on relations with Kosovo, but look at the map, Kosovo is not part of the United States, it is in Europe,” he said.

Kosnett said the five non-recognizing EU member states will change their position if there is progress in relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

“Who would have thought that North Macedonia and Greece would reach an agreement on the name, but it did happen. People thought the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, or Sudan couldn't have relations with Israel, but it did happen,” he added.