The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said on Saturday that Serbia still seeks the division of Kosovo as compensation for its mistakes in the former Yugoslavia, while stressing that mutual recognition would be in the best interests of the entire region.
He made these comments during a debate organized at the Paris Peace Forum on the topic “Creating peace and building a more secure world”.
“So we need (recognition) de jure and de facto to be together throughout the region and at the same time a certain symmetry of minority rights. I know that the rights of minorities cannot be identical, but also a lack of balance between the rights of minorities in the whole region can cost from time to time with tensions that can attract certain centers for destabilization”, said the Prime Minister When you.
He said that there are continuous efforts by Serbia to destabilize the countries that are bordered with it.
Serbia’s neighbors as long as they are not part of the EU are not safe from Serbia”
“So Serbia’s neighbors, as long as they are not part of the European Union, are not safe from Serbia, and this should be taken into account in Brussels. They are angry with the disintegration of Yugoslavia, they thought they could destroy it and take half of it, but it didn’t turn out that way,” he said.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kuti, said that despite the failure of the project for the exchange of territories, the idea still remains alive.
“People who have dreamed for many years about the division of Kosovo, exchange and change of borders, it is very difficult for them to abandon this nostalgia and sadness and engage in solutions that would be democratic and European”, he said.
Western diplomats have been trying to speed up the process of normalizing relations between Kosovo and Serbia amid concerns about stability in the region that were fueled by the events of September 24 in northern Kosovo.
On October 26, the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia met with the leaders of the main countries of the European Union, in the framework of Western efforts to advance the implementation of the agreement on the normalization of relations. The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, after this meeting has stated on several occasions that he was ready to sign the project offered by Western diplomacy for the establishment of the Association, accusing Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic of rejecting it. Meanwhile, Serbian President Vucic has emphasized that the issue of signing or not signing has not been raised, while he described the October 21 proposal as a good basis for continuing discussions in the future.
These discussions are expected to continue next week in Brussels in a meeting between the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia in the framework of discussions on the normalization of relations between the two countries, in the light of Western demands that Prishtina establish the Association of Municipalities with a Serbian majority, while Belgrade fulfill the obligations that lead to the de facto recognition of Kosovo.