Serwer on QUINT’s statement: No urgency on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue


Gazeta Express
15 Gusht 2019 11:31

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/

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