Kosovo PM Kurti does not expect a deal with Serbia during this year
Prime Minister Albin Kurti said it is not impossible for Kosovo to reach an agreement with Serbia within this year but added that he would not hurry to finalize the dialogue.
In an interview for Voice of America, Kurti said that he does not expect any substantive dialogue or swift results as Serbia is approaching elections. Speaking about the possibility of talks being finalized this year, Kurti said it was possible but he added that it was not up to him and that he could not foresee such a thing. “It is possible but I would not be able to foresee it now,” said Kurti. “Now I can express my willingness for open and principled dialogue.”
However, Kurti says that the talks between
Kosovo and Serbia have never been suspended as “the two states countries have
often met at international table.”
“In a way, the talks have never stopped because at various international tables and conferences there have been meetings of government, Kosovo leaders with those of Serbia,” he said. “This will go on and on. I do not think any instant substantive dialogue and swift results can be expected. I am not in favor of delays but I am not in a hurry.” He also said that although the US has appointed Richard Grenell as special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, this does not mean the EU’s role in the talks will be diminished. The EU has set a comprehensive agreement as a condition for Kosovo and Serbia in order to continue their path towards integration.
Kurti talked about reciprocity with Serbia
and the abolition of the 100% tax on Serbian goods. He said that the tax will
be lifted as soon as possible but not without reciprocity against Serbia.