"Serbia to reflect on damage and crimes committed in Kosovo"

During his visit to Kosovo, President of Slovenia Borut Pahor also met Prime Minister Albin Kurti and the two pledged to deepen cooperation and strengthen the partnership.

According to a press release issued by the Kosovo Prime Minister’s Office, Kurti called for Slovenia’s support in Kosovo’s membership in international organizations.

He also said that this year Kosovo showed that it is ready to take on new responsibilities by moving from a security consumer to a security provider. “In this regard, the Prime Minister noted that Kosovo proudly supported the NATO-led operation to evacuate Afghan refugees, which proves that Kosovo is a reliable partner.”

Speaking about the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kurti said that there were one-digit cases of deaths during November and that so far 57% of persons above 16 have received both doses of the vaccine and 65% one dose.

Kurti further reaffirmed the commitment of the Government in fighting crime and corruption noting that “we will not allow any individual or group to be stronger than the legal state.”

He also touched on the projected economic growth of 9.9 percent attributing it to the improvement of governing policies.

“When there is no corruption in the government, citizens spend more and pay their taxes regularly as they are not afraid their money will be abused,” he said.

President Pahor on his part is said to have congratulated Prime Minister Kurti on the new approach to governance and wanted to know more about the progress of talks with Serbia.

He said that despite the difficulties, talks must continue. Kurti meanwhile hailed Slovenia’s role in this process as being very important and asked for the country’s support in “elaborating the importance of Serbia’s reflection on the damage caused, the destruction and the war, the crimes committed in Kosovo.”

“This is a precondition for serious talks and normalization of relations,” Kurti said reiterating that placing mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia is a priority in the process of talks.