Bajrami: The greater challenge for Kurti’s government is its lack of unity, not Thaci’s plans

The greater challenge for the current Kosovo government’s survival is the lack of unity between coalition partners – LDK and LVV – when it comes to the matter of tariffs, rather than Thaci’s plans – Koha Ditore editor-in-chief, Agron Bajrami told KoSSev following Thaci’s latest initiative to meet with the leaders of all parties in the Kosovo Assembly.

The Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci invited the leaders of all parliamentary parties, including Srpska Lista leaders, to a meeting in his cabinet today. The Kosovo Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, however, refused Thaci’s invitation.

The topics of the meeting included the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, the political situation in Kosovo, internal and external consolidation, the EU and NATO future – all aimed at „national interest“ and „consolidation“.

Thaci decided to inform parliamentary leaders about his last week’s meeting with the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic at the White House an entire week after his Washington visit.

When asked whether Kurti’s government is in danger of collapsing and what does the Kosovo party parade in Thaci’s cabinet mean, Koha Ditore editor-in-chief, Agron Bajrami replied that the fact Thaci invited parliamentary parties to meet with him a few days later only after he had first organized a press conference upon his arrival, is unusual.

„Particularly bearing in mind that, at his press conference held a few days ago, President Thaci said that nothing substantial had been discussed in Washington,“ Bajrami added.

„It certainly looks like a battle between the president and the government over who is the main player in the dialogue. It also appears as an attempt to influence public perception on who is to blame for Kosovo’s lack of a coordinated and unified stance on dialogue with Serbia,“ he said, speaking about today’s meeting between Thaci and parliamentary leaders.

According to Bajrami, the importance of these meetings lies not in “talking about what happened in Washington, but the authorities’ internal struggle for leadership in dialogue.”

When asked if these meetings or the „consensus“ Thaci talked about today, could be understood as Hashim Thaci’s intention to seek the support of parliamentary political leaders for the collapse of the government, and how realistic such a scenario is, Koha Ditore editor said he could not give a specific answer. Bajrami, however, pointed out that the lack of unity of the coalition partners is a greater challenge for government security than Thaci’s plans.

„It’s hard to say. Thaci’s meetings may have a polarizing effect, but it is not necessarily so. On the other hand, this government needs to find an internal common ground on the tariffs. The lack of unity between the LVV and the LDK is a greater threat to the survival of the government than President Thaci’s plan,“ Bajrami said in an interview with KoSSev.

The Kosovo Prime Minister, Albin Kurti is currently facing pressure to unconditionally and completely abolish tariffs on goods from Serbia and BiH. The tariffs were introduced by the former Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj at the end of 2018 and they are seen as a major obstacle to the continuation of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

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