Kosovo Government reacts to Quint statement – tax is our right, we have not halted dialogue
Outgoing Government of Kosovo challenges
Embassies of Quint states, who in a joint statement on Tuesday urged Kosovo to
resume dialogue with Serbia and suspend 100 percent tax on Serbian goods.
At the time political parties are preparing for early elections, diplomatic missions urged Kosovo on Tuesday to focus on dialogue with Serbia. The Prime Minister’s Office reacted to a joint statement of so-called Quint (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and United States) who urged Kosovo authorities to resume dialogue with Serbia and suspend tariffs on Serbian goods. According to outgoing Government, introduction of 100 percent tax on Serbian and Bosnia-Herzegovina goods was a right decision adding that Kosovo side has not halted the dialogue with belgrade.
“The Government of the Republic of Kosovo, namely the prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, has always worked in protecting integrity and sovereignty of Kosovo. Therefore, the decision on imposing tax on Serbian and Bosnia-Herzegovina goods was a necessary decision aimed at protecting interests of Kosovo from the hostile actions and continuous threats of Serbia against the state and institutions of Kosovo,” the Prime Minister’s Office told Gazeta Express.
“As far as dialogue is concerned, Kosovo has never obstructed it, and was always ready to sit at the negotiation table to discuss reaching of a final, legally binding agreement, under current borders which would lead towards mutual recognition. This process should not be conditioned,” it is stated in a written statement of the Prime Minister’ Office.
In a joint press release the Quint countries
called on Kosovo and Serbia to restart the EU-led Dialogue with urgency and ask
that both parties avoid actions that will hinder a final agreement, which is
necessary for both countries to achieve greater Euro-Atlantic integration and
its accompanying benefits,” it is stated in the press release. “We are prepared
to step up our role in the process in support of the EU High Representative,
but we cannot do so until you both signal a willingness to compromise, remove
obstacles and resume discussions. For Kosovo, that means suspending the tariffs
imposed on Serbia. For Serbia, that means suspending the de-recognition campaign
against Kosovo. We want to see the people of Kosovo and Serbia benefit from a
lasting peace and have the opportunity to build their own futures. We stand
ready to assist in any way possible,” it is concluded in the press release.