Blerim Shala, political advisor to President Hashim Thaci told T7 television program ‘Pressing’ that Serbia will condition recognition of Kosovo with annexing a part of its territory.
“Serbia wants bits of territory in exchange of recognition,” Shala stated adding that this has not been requested officially by Serbia. “But indications are clear,” Shala said referring to statements of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. According to Shala, Vucic’s discourse is that a part of Kosovo should merge with Serbia. Commenting on the idea of President Thaci on ‘land swap’ between Kosovo and Serbia as part of arrangements of a final solution between the two countries, Shala said that such a solution “is worth taking into consideration.”
He stated that a final agreement on mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia would solve existing problems of both countries. According to Shala Serbia’s final stance on the dialogue is still unclear. He also stated that there is no timeframe of reaching of the final agreement with Serbia. /Gazeta Express/