Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani interview with Kanal 10

Kosovo President Vjosa Osman said in an interview with Kanal 10 on Tuesday that Serbia is not interested in signing a final agreement with Kosovo.

“There were two meetings between the Kosovo Prime Minister and the Serbian President, and in those two meetings and in every other communication where Vucic was present, we are certain that Serbia is not interested in signing a final agreement with Kosovo. Kosovo has great interest to reach a final agreement and is working on a final settlement that includes mutual recognition in the existing borders without threatening our internal arrangements and the unitary principle of the country. But Serbia is not interested. It goes to elections in April next year and we are seeing not only a lack of interest but also a continued engagement to create tensions in the region so that they can then use the tensions they create as an argument not to implement the agreements that have already been reached and not to take any steps forward,” she said.

Osmani said that there are some officials in the EU that don’t want Kosovo to be successful in the rule of law area.

“What is most concerning for Kosovo is that there are tendencies by certain EU officials to stop the vetting process, which is the most important process for the rule of law in this country. It is concerning that these officials, who are not many, have regrettably managed to include their tendency to stop the vetting process in the EC report for Kosovo,” Osmani argued. “There are certain officials that have no interest in Kosovo being successful in the rule of law area because they want to obstruct the funding of projects, the visa liberalization process so that they can have more reasons to block Kosovo. There are individuals that don’t want to see progress in Kosovo but there are also many friends that support a vetting process in Kosovo.”

Commenting on the agreement for the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities, Osmani said that former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and former Prime Minister Isa Mustafa endangered Kosovo’s relations with its international partners by signing the agreement.
“It is not in our interest to create something that goes against our constitution or to create a prelude to a situation that can now be found in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There too it was formed as an association of communities but then their competencies grew and today there is a totally dysfunctional state there and the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina are suffering the consequences of such models,” Osmani said.