President Osmani interview with the Voice of America

President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani said in an interview with the Voice of America on Monday that mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia is the only solution that leads to long-term peace and stability in the region.

Osmani said that documents about the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, which have circulated in some media recently, were never proposed or presented to the Republic of Kosovo. “Don’t forget that whenever there are intensified efforts in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, there are always documents published by phantom organizations, proposing various ideas, and published in the media, but such documents were never proposed in our meetings. What is happening is that there is an intensified role of Germany and France, as two powerful EU member states, to help the process become much more productive,” she said.

Osmani encouraged opposition parties in Kosovo to meet “and fully coordinate our foreign policy and especially our policy vis-à-vis Serbia”. “Only when we have been united, we successful in facing Serbia,” she said.

Asked to comment on statements by U.S. officials that Kosovo needs to implement the agreement on the Association of Serb-majority municipalities or come out with its proposal, Osmani said: “As far as statements from the United States of America, our most strategic ally, are concerned I want to clarify that in fact, the request from the U.S. is that we need to implement the decision of the Constitutional Court about the Association and not what was signed in Brussels. There is a big difference, there is a big space between what was signed in Brussels about the Association and the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which does not allow such an association to have executive competencies or to be monoethnic or be the third tier of government that would be in opposition with our Constitution. So our position is this: we will implement the decision of the Constitutional Court, which does not allow the creation of monoethnic entities because it falls in contravention with the principle of multiethnicity, and the United States of America is not asking us to go against the decision of our court.”