Kosovo’s Prime Minister has slammed the EU’s position that the future of Trepca mining complex should be solved through dialogue with Serbia. Ramush Haradinaj says Brussels stance proves the EU “went astray”, and accused Brussels of inventing topics aimed at partition of Kosovo, Gazeta Express reports.
Haradinaj took Facebook to answer EU’s position that Kosovo’s mining complex Trepca should be part of dialogue with Serbia. “The statement of the European Commission spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic, to media in Serbia, claiming that Trepca should be part of the dialogue is unprecedented, unacceptable, and violates sovereignty of Kosovo,” Haradinaj said.
According to Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Trepca is not an open issue between Kosovo and Serbia noting that citizens of Kosovo and its institutions will not allow invention of false topics aimed at partition of Kosovo. The EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, is facilitating the high-level dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels.
Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson to the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, was quoted by Belgrade-based news agency Tanjug as saying that solving Trrepca issue should be part of a comprehensive agreement on normalization of relations between Pristina Belgrade. Kocijancic told Tanjug that all unresolved issues between Pristina and Belgrade should be solved only through dialogue, Gazeta Express reports. She also said the European Union expects Kosovo to suspend the tariffs on Serbian imports enabling resumption of dialogue as soon as possible.
The Parliament of Kosovo has approved last week the new Statute of the zinc and lead mining and smelting complex Trepca as part of a restructuring plan to revive this once industrial giant of Kosovo. The statute stipulates that Kosovo's government will keep control of 80 percent of the share capital of Trepca, while 20 percent will be owned by the company employees. The move has been opposed by Belgrade claiming ownership of Trepca mine which is located in northern part of the country. /GazetaExpress/