Albanian PM slams Kosovo leaders for not supporting ‘mini-Schengen’ initiative


Gazeta Express
25 Nëntor 2019 15:59

Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, said all those who are against the “mini-Schengen” initiative in the Western Balkans, including the Vetevendosje leader and likely prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, are “patriots staying home with pyjamas.”

Rama said on Monday that he initiative the project of the “mini-Schengen” in the Balkan region, adding that he had many debates with Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic related to this issue. “Who is against regional Schengen, does not understand me. The regional Schengen is a vision and a persistence from my side, from our side, since the first days of the Berlin process. It was Serbian president [Aleksandar Vucic] who was against the idea until recently. We cannot make an agreement on regional trade, if we do not make an agreement on freedom of movement. Whether this would enable unification of border between Kosovo and Albania? This means removing that obstacle. This puts Kosovo in a more favourable position. Kosovo is isolating itself within its border. One can continue appearing patriotic staying home with pyjamas. The history is not written by staying home and being patriot with pyjamas,” Rama said. Kurti, whose party won Kosovo elections held on 6 October, said that he is against such an idea adding that such idea serves only Serbia. /GazetaExpress/

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