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Haradinaj: Dialogue with Serbia only on recognition of Kosovo

Haradinaj: Dialogue with Serbia only on recognition of Kosovo GazetaExpress

One of the biggest challenges for the new government of Kosovo after 11 June elections is dialogue with Serbia.

Ramush Haradinaj, candidate for  prime minister nominate by the coalition of the PDK-AAK-Nisma coalition, during an interview with Tirana based TV channel Top Channel, said that the only condition for Belgrade to continue dialogue with Pristina is to recognise Kosovo. Haradinaj’s whose coalition won elections but still lacks majority to form the new government alone, said that the frame of Pristina-Belgrade dialogue facilitated by the EU, was wrong noting that internal issues concerning Kosovo were discussed during this dialogue, which put into question the existence of Kosovo state.

“The dialogue with Serbia was placed on the wrong frames, because internal issues of Kosovo were discussed. I am interest for a dialogue with Serbia, but only after a mutual recognition. We will not accept to discuss with Serbia internal issues of Kosovo. If Serbia refuses to take into consideration recognising Kosovo, we will not run after the dialogue which deals with internal issues of Kosovo. We are an independent country, we have our Constitution and we have no right to question the existence of our country. The dialogue on mutual recognition, mutual relations, is possible but there will be no dialogue on internal issues of Kosovo,” Haradinaj said.

Kosovo held early parliamentary elections on Sunday where the coalition which nominated Haradinaj for prime minister won the election. However they lack numbers to form a government alone. The Vetevendosje movement which is ranked as second refused entering coalition with the PDK. Also third ranked coalition LDK-AKR-Alternativa pledged that they will not enter coalition with the PDK. Political commentators say that it is very likely for Kosovo to enter a political stalemate after election.  

    Date: 13 June 2017 10:21
    Author: GazetaExpress