Sinani criticizes Lajcak for not meeting with Albanians from Presevo, Medvedja, and Bujanovac: Include us in the dialogue process

Ardita Sinani
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Albanians from Presevo, Medvedja, and Bujanovac attempt to connect a resolution regarding the status of Kosovo Serbs with the status of Albanians in these municipalities. The latest such step was taken by the former president of the Presevo municipality and the current adviser to the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, Ardita Sinani.

A delegation of Albanians from Presevo, Medvedja, and Bujanovac recently visited the US, where they held a series of meetings with US officials, where they discussed the position of Albanians from those three municipalities.

After increasingly frequent calls from the West to Pristina to form the ASM, followed by requests from the Kosovo PM to grant reciprocal rights to the Albanians in the south of Serbia, as well as statements about the internationalization of the Albanian issue, the representatives of Albanians in Serbia said that the issue of minorities in the Balkans is entering a new phase. According to them, this phase is „a good thing for symmetrical treatment of positions“.

One of the members of this delegation, Ragmi Mustafi from the Albanian National Council, said two days ago that they received guarantees from the US that it will support the Albanian cause in Serbia.

On that same day, the EU envoy, Miroslav Lajcak, visited Kosovo, where he held a series of meetings with representatives of the government and the opposition in Kosovo, as well as the leaders of Srpska Lista. Lajcak’s visit came ahead of the meeting between Albin Kurti and Aleksandar Vucic scheduled for March 18 in Ohrid. The two leaders are set to discuss the Implementation annex for the EU Agreement.

The former president of the municipality of Presevo and the current adviser to the Kosovo PM, Ardita Sinani, declared that „it is a pity that Miroslav Lajcak has not yet met with the elected representatives of the Albanians in the Republic of Serbia“.

„The last meeting with the representatives of SL, municipalities with a Serb majority in the North of Kosovo, is understandable, especially considering the tensions and possible escalation of stability and security. However, the lack of meetings with the representatives of Albanians of the Presevo Valley is incomprehensible,“ said Sinani.

She believes that this approach can contribute to wrong messages being sent to „circles that promote the destabilization of the security situation in the Western Balkans, as well as the north of Kosovo.“

„Albanians in the Presevo Valley and Serbia in general, as a non-majority community, are still discriminated against and oppressed. This has been confirmed for decades by various official reports of the European Union and certain US administrations,“ Kurti’s adviser claims.

She furthermore alleged that Albanians in Presevo, Medvedja, Bujanovac, and throughout Serbia are facing many problems due to the „non-normalization“ of Kosovo-Serb relations.

„The diplomas of many Albanians, citizens of the Republic of Serbia, who attended universities in Kosovo, have not been recognized for 15 years now. This is just one of the problems linked to the relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Many issues that are addressed in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue are directly related to the Presevo Valley as a region, but also to Albanians from Serbia in general,“ says Sinani.

Therefore, it is counterproductive to include the issue of the non-majority Kosovo Serb community in the process of normalizing relations, but not the issue of the non-majority Albanian community in Serbia, she added.

„Today’s harmonization of the standards of the rights of non-majority communities between two countries in dialogue is in the interest of future peace between them. But not just that; inclusion of their elected officials in the process is in the service of stability, security, Europeanization, and democracy of the Western Balkans,“ claimed Sinani.

She called on Lajcak to meet with Albanians from Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja.

„That’s why, Mr. Lajcak, I invite you to meet with us, the representatives of the Albanians in Serbia. To listen to us,“ said Sinani.

Lajcak is traveling to Belgrade tomorrow, where he will meet with the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic.

Announcing Lajcak’s visit, Vucic said that he would spend two days with Lajcak – „working and trying to find some kind of path toward the normalization of relations.“

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