In his text for the Washington Post, Ramush Haradinaj claims that, with the Russian support, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is offering the recognition of Kosovo’s independence in exchange for a part of Kosovo’s territory.
He goes on to say that “Serbia wants to create an ethnically “pure” state, stripping people of their citizenship and expelling them from their homes”, and adds that his country, Kosovo is “being asked to make an impossible choice that would cheapen the sacrifice made by U.S. soldiers, undermine the stability of the region and threaten America’s allies.”
“In the face of sustained attack from Serbia meant to undermine our sovereignty, security and prosperity, there are some who would like Kosovo to engage in so-called “peaceful” ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. This is a shortsighted attempt to give in to a bully in the hope that the bullying will stop. We will not do this — we will instead stand up against those who would seek to take advantage of us, while simultaneously working toward a long-lasting and comprehensive peace”, Haradinaj adds.
Further on, he also claims that “Serbia and its ally Russia have refused to recognize our sovereignty and fought to block our joining the United Nations” and that “in violation of the Brussels agreement on the normalization of relations, Serbia has worked to block our path toward E.U. membership, as well as membership in many international organizations.”
“Last week, our effort to join Interpol was undermined, helping organized crime and hurting internal law enforcement,” Haradinaj underlines.
He concludes that “as long as the final agreement achieves these goals and does not violate our constitution, sovereignty and territorial integrity as this ill-conceived land-trade idea would, I will support it and urge all others to do so, as well. Thinking creatively and working together, Kosovo and Serbia can move past their current disputes and insulting proposals to create a lasting peace that benefits all of our people.”
(B92, The Washington Post, 29.11.2018)
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