Kosovo revokes tariffs after recognition from Serbia, says Haradinaj
Kosovo’s outgoing prime minister, Ramush
Haradinaj, attending a debate on Friday organised by the Kosovo Democratic
Institute (KDI) said the 100 percent tax on Serbian imports introduced by his
Government in September 2018, will be revoked only after Serbia recognises
Haradinaj said that Kosovo leaders should
send a clear message to the European Union and United States that the tariffs
will be removed only after Serbia fully recognises Kosovo. Sending mix signals,
according to Haradinaj, will only make things worse for Kosovo. “We should
explain to the EU and US that we are for an agreement on mutual recognition, so
their option of suspending tax before launch of the dialogue weakens Kosovo’s
position. The tax will be revoked in exchange of recognition,” Haradinaj
reiterated his stance.
Talking on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Haradinaj
said that the end of mandate of the EU foreign policy chief, Federica
Mogherini, was a good news. Haradinaj said that it was during Mogherini’s time
as facilitator of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue that the idea on correction of borders
or partition of Kosovo was launched. “Return of the dialogue at the negotiation
table of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel macron
and involvement of Washington after appointing Matthew Palmer as special envoy,
is a positive decision, because the proposal on partition of Kosovo has been
removed from the agenda,” Haradinaj said.
Outgoing prime minister Haradinaj resigned
in July this year after he was summoned by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office
for questioning on his role as wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Following his resignation, the Parliament of Kosovo voted to disband itself
paving the way for early elections scheduled on 6 October. Haradinaj denied
reports that the United States asked a “painful compromise” on solving Kosovo
issue. “It is not true that America has asked us accept painful compromise.
They never prevented us from establishing the Kosovo Army and never asked annulment
of tax. It is the local leaders who went to America and presented their
dangerous ideas,” Haradinaj said. Haradinaj said that the dialogue with Serbia
will be only on recognition under existing borders. “We can enter dialogue with
Serbia only if the outcome would be mutual recognition under existing borders.
I will not support resumption of dialogue with revocation of tax,” Haradinaj