Lajčák visits Pristina

The European Union’s special envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalization of relations Miroslav Lajčák started his three-day visit on Tuesday in Kosovo’s capital Pristina.

On Tuesday,  Lajčák had meetings with President Hashim Thaci, Parliament Speaker Vjosa Osmani, Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti and the members of the international institutions in Kosovo.

Officials in Pristina said after meetings with European Union envoy Miroslav Lajcak on Tuesday that an agreement with Belgrade is important to the stability of the region but insisted that there should be no discussion of a possible swap of territory.

Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti told reporters that a final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia is important both to the stability of the region and the EU. “We are prepared and we have a platform”, he said and added that he informed Lajcak that Pristina’s approach is to close all open issues with Serbia.  

President Hashim Thaci insisted on a visa liberalization for Kosovo residents as part of the EU-mediated dialogue which should end in mutual recognition. “Kosovo has a future and an alternative to become part of the European family… Any effort leading to a full normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is welcome”, he said and added that the important thing for Pristina is for the EU and US to coordinate as strategic partners.  

Parliament Speaker Vjosa Osmani said that there should be no negotiating about Kosovo’s territory. She told the media that only the government can represent Kosovo in the dialogue with parliament overseeing the process. “I expect this to be the dialogue between two equal sides and it will make sense only if it ends in mutual recognition”, she said.  

On Wednesday Lajčák met Isa Mustafa, the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (DLK) on Wednesday, and is due to talk to Kadri Veseli, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo and former Parliament Speaker.

He also met in Pristina with Serb List leader Goran Rakic and the mayors of the four Serb-majority northern municipalities, the Serb List. The Kosovo Serb officials told Lajcak that all agreements have to be implemented, especially on the Community of Serb Municipalities, adding that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue needs to be continued to find a compromise solution.

The Mayors of Mitrovica North, Leposavic, Zvecan and Zubin Potok called Lajcak to visit their towns. The meeting was also attended by Kosovo government Minister Dalibor Jevtic and Serb List parliament group chief Igor Simic.  

Lajčák is due in Belgrade on June 22, a day after the general elections in Serbia.    

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