Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani said on Thursday (22.04) that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue needs to reset, drawing a fierce reaction from Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic.
“I believe that the dialogue process needs to be reset, not simply continued”, she said after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
According to Osmani, the institutions in Pristina will carefully review every agreement that has been reached with Belgrade to date. “We will conduct the dialogue based on the clear principle that Kosovo will in no way enter into any kind of dangerous adventure which has to do with changes to borders, a logic that belongs in the last century”, Osmani said.
Foreign Minister Selakovic called her words scandalous, adding that they show that the authorities in Pristina do not want a dialogue.
“The messages from Pristina that the Brussels agreement will be reviewed in order to reset the dialogue with Belgrade which is underway with the mediation and guarantees of the European Union is unprecedented political arrogance and demands an immediate sharp reaction from all those who want lasting stability and peace in the Western Balkans”, the foreign minister said in a written statement. According to Selakovic, Osmani’s message is an euphemism for a blockade of the dialogue. He said the results of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is not a smorgasbord that allows you to pick what you want to implement.