Serwer on QUINT’s statement: No urgency on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue
The governments of France, Germany, Italy,
the United Kingdom and the United States in a joint statement issued on Tuesday
called on Kosovo and Serbia to urgently resume dialogue the EU-facilitated
dialogue on normalisation of relations. But U.S. analyst Daniel Serwer told
Gazeta Express that Kosovo should have a new government established before
resuming talks with Serbia.
Five western powers known as the Quint
asked Kosovo and Serbia to avoid actions that will hinder a final agreement.
Daniel Serwer, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International
Studies says that he sees no reasons for urgency on resuming dialogue. “I know
of no good reason for urgency at present. Kosovo is in a weakened state with a
caretaker prime minister and a lame duck president. Of course Kosovo should
have a new government with a clear platform on relations with Serbia before the
dialog,” Serwer said.
Quint states in their joint press release
on Tuesday have not mentioned early elections as a solution for Kosovo to get a
new government after Ramush Haradinaj resigned last week as country’s prime
minister. They only urged Kosovo to resume dialogue with Belgrade without further
delay. Kosovo analysts commented the QUINT’s statement as an opposition to
early elections in Kosovo, but British
Ambassador Ruairi O’Connell reacted on Wednesday stating that the statement was
misinterpreted. “The issue of [holding] elections or not is entirely for
Kosovo,” O’Connell wrote in his Facebook account. /GazetaExpress/