“Srpska Lista” Considers Leaving Kosovo Government

Igor Simic, the head of the Serb List deputy club in Kosovo’s Parliament, accused on Wednesday (11.11) the Government of not respecting the coalition agreement and suggested his party would ‘most probably’ leave the Government, and may support dismissal of the Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti’s cabinet. 

“The Serb List, its MPs haven’t taken part in today’s Parliament session and will not participate in future because the coalition agreement is not honored”, Simic said. 

He added that his party “constructively demonstrated many times its commitment to work in the interest of all citizens… But, I believe they should respect us as a partner, and we demand the agreement to be honored. We seriously consider leaving the Government because of the way we are treated.”  

The absence from the Parliament session of the Serb List, the party supported by Belgrade, led to the lack of quorum, and thus the extraordinary meeting on a Law on Economic Recovery could not be held. 

“We tried to hold the extraordinary session with the second reading of the Law, but it was not possible due to obstruction by some coalition partners and the opposition… I demand that all Kosovo deputies come and fulfill their duty”, Arben Gashi, the head of the Democratic League of Kosovo  (LDK) parliament group, said. 

Meanwhile, the European Union warned Kosovo politicians that the dialogue with Belgrade on the normalization of relations had no alternative if they wanted to achieve Kosovo’s people wish for the European future, while the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell’s spokesperson Peter Stano said on Wednesday, November 11th, the calls by some Pristina leaders to end the dialogue were an attempt to use the topic for a short-term goal. 

“Kosovo society is mature enough to understand that dialogue cannot be used for short-term political goals”, Stano told Radio Free Europe (RFE). 

Following the indictment of the Specialist Prosecutors’ Office (SPO) in The Hague, against the former president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and his wartime associates, local politicians have repeatedly called for an end to the dialogue with Serbia. That position is also supported by Kosovo’s acting president Vjosa Osmani, who took over last week after Thaci resigned pending trial. 

Stano said that both Borrell and the EU Special envoy for dialogue Miroslav Lajčák were determined to continue to help the dialogue reaching a comprehensive agreement, regardless of the political situation in Kosovo. He added the European institutions appreciated the commitment of Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti to the dialogue. 

“The EU appreciates Prime Minister Hoti’s clear vision of this and his willingness to make difficult choices by showing consistency, maturity and moderation, especially in these challenging times. Kosovo’s European perspective was real, but the fulfillment of obligations depended on its people and leadership”, Stano said.

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