The former special representative of the European Union to Kosovo and Metohija, Pieter Feith, said today that the US administration is losing patience with Pristina and that the Pristina authorities stand to lose the most from the lack of progress in the dialogue with Belgrade.
“The United States is losing patience with Kosovo because it is not making enough progress. I can see that the USA has a critical attitude towards the Government of Kosovo and this is unprecedented”, Feith told a Pristina-based media outlet Teve 1.
He added that he had not seen such a critical attitude of Washington towards Pristina since Kosovo declared unilateral independence in 2008.
“It would be a real tragedy for Kosovo if it loses the support of the United States,” warned Feith.
He went on to say Pristina must understand that a fierce war is being waged in Europe and that that is currently in focus. “That’s why you have to keep in mind that things are not the same as before and you can’t count on the sympathy and support you once had,” Feith said, adding that he doesn’t think the US and the European Union are supporting President Aleksandar Vučić in this process either.
“I know it’s not easy, but I suggest to Prime Minister Kurti to put more effort into the dialogue with the Serbs in the north of Kosovo instead of sending special units there,” Feith added.
He pointed out that the Ohrid agreement is of great importance for Pristina because, according to him, it would pave the way for membership in international organizations.
“It’s a pity that there is no political will on either side for further progress, but I think that Kosovo will suffer the bigger consequences. If the parties take the Ohrid agreement seriously, then things would move forward and that would help Kosovo become a member of various international organizations, as well as the United Nations,” Feith concluded.
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