The Pristina delegation will include the highest Kosovo officials at the next round of dialogue in Brussels on July 18th, next to Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Kosovo Assembly President Kadri Veseli who presented a document on the dialogue with Belgrade to coalition partners on Friday.
As Kosovo media reported, Veseli’s document is a draft in which the objectives of the dialogue, the completion deadline and Kosovo’s „red lines“ are outlined. Earlier, the opposition criticized Thaci for his statement in which, they claim, he stated that Kosovo has no red lines in this dialogue.
However, those red lines are now set.
“There’s no alternative to dialogue, and Kosovo needs to be prepared. Work together now for inclusive, expert, consensus team. Stay focused on Kosovo’s long-term goals with clarity and purpose!” said US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie.
„Kosovo will not negotiate its citizenship, sovereignty, and integrity; Kosovo does not accept the results of dialogue that jeopardize the functionality of the state and its institutions, as well as results that violate individual rights and freedoms of any group, community or ethnicity; Kosovo does not accept a third level of power, which undermines internal institutional functioning, Kosovo does not accept a solution that can create negative precedents for peace and stability in the country and the region,“ reads part of the document published by the Pristina-based daily Lajmi.net.
Veseli submitted this document, Pristina-based media reported, to Kosovo institutions during yesterday’s meeting with Thaci, Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, also attended by First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli, Deputy PM Fatmir Limaj, and Deputy PM and Minister for Diaspora and Strategic Investments, Dardan Gashi.
Haradinaj will travel to Brussels, although his party has previously submitted a resolution to halt the dialogue until the EU adopts a positive decision on visa liberalisation for Kosovo.
The above-mentioned officials will represent the Pristina delegation in talks on July 18th, it was confirmed from the Kosovo Prime Minister’s Cabinet.
„Institutional leaders of Kosovo will confirm to Ms. Mogherini that Kosovo institutions are committed to the dialogue with Serbia. They will confirm their commitment and engagement to involve the opposition in the dialogue and form a comprehensive team,“ the Kosovo Government announced after this meeting.
According to the available information, the Kosovo team will not include any representatives of the opposition. It is precisely the reason why the Social Democratic Party, as the opposition, responded to the already formed team by collecting signatures for the organization of a special Assembly session two days before the talks in Brussels, so that the legislative authorities are in control of the dialogue.
So far, there are no details on who will represent the Belgrade team next to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
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