Kosovo is ready for dialogue with Serbia, says Thaci
President Hashim Thaci, said Kosovo
should not be delayed in resumption of dialogue with Serbia. In a press conference
on Monday Thaci said he remains optimistic that an agreement with Serbia is
possible this year.
Thaci welcomed Kosovo’s government
decision to revoke reciprocity with Serbia, saying that tariffs can no longer
be used by Serbia as a pretext to avoid dialogue. “Kosovo’s request in dialogue
is clear. And above all Kosovo in this process is together with the US and all
other allies. We should move forward as soon as possible to be part of the EU
and NATO,” Thaci said. The President said Kosovo stands ready for dialogue and
urged all political leaders to unite. He said internal unity makes easye the
work of international partners.
Thaci said that Kosovo will work
on full implementation of the agreements reached at the beginning of this year
on restoring of air, rail and highway link with Serbia, mediated by the US
special envoy on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Richard Grenell.
Thaci commended the decision of
newly appointed Government led by Avdullah Hoti to abolish all trade barriers
with Serbia saying that this was followed with a positive reaction from the United
States. Reacting to the government’s decision, the United States, decided to unfreeze
around 50 million dollars in economic aid that had been blocked due to
Pristina’s refusal to lift the tariffs. The aid will come via the Millennium
Challenge Corporation or MCC, a U.S. government foreign assistance agency.