Lajcak expects Kosovo-Serbia agreement within mandate of Kurti’s govt

The European Union Special Representative for Dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, stated in Prishtina that he expects a comprehensive Kosovo-Serbia agreement to be reached within the governing mandate of Albin Kurti and Vjosa Osmani.

After a meeting with the acting president, Vjosa Osmani, he said that the EU expects the implementation of the electoral program of the leaders of Vetevendosje Movement, Albin Kurti, and Osmani, but that the international partners, the EU and the U.S. are waiting also the continuation of the dialogue.

“I have said it in the past and I repeat that this process can be completed within a few months, it does not take years to reach an agreement. But, we are not the ones who are rushing or slowing down the process. It is Kosovo and Serbia that decide how fast they want to proceed. If they want to meet us monthly, we are there,” Lajcak said.

He also said he expects the political class in Kosovo to be united in this regard and to understand the importance of dialogue with Serbia.

Lajcak assured Kosovar leaders that the dialogue process is in full coordination with the United States.

“I’m happy to say that after the arrival of the Biden administration, this collaboration could not be closer than it is. We are working closely daily, with our American partners and friends, and we share the same goal which is the European future for Kosovo and the whole region of the Western Balkans,” Lajcak said.

Acting President Vjosa Osmani said that the new institutions will engage in dialogue, but with a new approach, however according to her, the main goal will be equal treatment in dialogue and mutual recognition as a final act.

“The new approach means that we can by no means accept that the issue of borders, sovereignty, constitutional regulation of Kosovo become part of the negotiations because those negotiations ended in 2008, under the mandate of Ahtisaari,” Osmani said.

“Kosovo has made many concessions, as they have brought it to the brink of non-functionality. It is not a question of what Kosovo can give again, but how the EU can give the benefit to Kosovo and Serbia for EU membership,” she added.

Osmani said that she has asked Lajcak to offer after the constitution of the new institutions, all the agreements reached so far within the dialogue and to see at what stage they have been implemented and what can be done.

Lajcak met today in separate meetings also with the Acting Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, resigning leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa, acting leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Enver Hoxhaj, the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) Ramush Haradinaj.  

The latter wrote in a post on the social network Facebook that he reiterated his position ‘for a Comprehensive Legally Binding Agreement, which has the epilogue of mutual recognition within the existing borders and respects the constitutional order of the Republic of Kosovo’