Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj is ready to put the issue of suspending taxes on goods from Serbia on the agenda of the government session if the line ministry proposes it – Pristina-based daily, Koha reports.
“Haradinaj has constitutional powers and legal right to address all issues on the agenda and will continue to deal with all issues related to the agenda,” Doneta Gashi, Haradinaj’s political adviser, told the newspaper.
She also said that if one of the government members initiates the issue of suspension of tax on goods from Serbia, the government will act in line with the relevant democratic procedures and relevant laws.
However, Kosovo leaders had an impromptu meeting last night regarding this issue and the decision was made for the tax to remain in force – Kossev reported earlier.
In addition to the Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, the meeting was attended by Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacoll, Trade Minister, Endrit Shala, Interior Minister, Ekrem Mustafa, and Infrastructure Minister, Pal Lekaj.
After the meeting, only Haradinaj addressed the press, and called on the United States to understand Kosovo’s position, and its coalition partners to unite and persist in deciding not to abolish the tax.
“I met with Ambassador Philip Kosnett, whom I highly respect. He was clear, demanded that Kosovo suspends the tax, and he gave a letter to the leaders of all Kosovo institutions. We explained to him our position, said that we love America but that we will not obey Serbia,” Haradinaj said.
Earlier, the United States sent a strongly-worded letter to Pristina’s leaders demanding “suspension” of the tax, raised by 100 percent last November, that affect goods coming from central Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and warned them that as long as the tax is in force the relations between the US and Kosovo would not be returned to the previous level, while Washington is also not ruling out the possibility of re-examining others forms of cooperation with Pristina, including security cooperation.
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