Kosovo leaders agree: No land swap

After an impromptu meeting with President Hashim Thaci, Parliament Speaker, Kadri Veseli and Deputy Prime Ministers, Behgjet Pacolli, Fatmir Limaj and Dardan Gashi, the Kosovo PM, Ramush Haradinaj said that an agreement was reached that no land swap between Kosovo and Serbia would take place.

“We did not talk about leaving for further negotiations, but about the principles of dialogue, its importance and necessity. Mutual recognition of independence is necessary. This dialogue does not involve negotiations on the territory or the borders. It is important to have a clear, institutional view that these are not issues to be negotiated”, said Haradinaj.

The meeting of Kosovo leaders took place in the Kosovo Parliament this morning, KoSSev reports.

The Beta Agency reports that it is expected that Thaci has his say about today’s meeting too.

It was reported earlier that there was a disagreement between Kosovo’s state officials over the solution for Kosovo, namely a possible partition deal that the presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Thaci and Vucic had previously discussed. 

Kosovo institutions hadn’t given their support to Thaci for this proposition hence the request for a special parliamentary session at which they would disallow him to talk with Vucic in the future on this subject. 

The Chief of Staff to the President Bekim Çollaku told the Kosovo paper that “Kosovo’s sovereignty can only be defended with the constitution and not with any resolutions or declaration that the Assembly or anybody else could adopt.”

The ruling coalition and opposition parties are opposed to Thaci’s idea of what he called a possible “border correction”. The opposition has called for a special parliamentary session to ban the president from discussing border corrections or division of territory during the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on normalizing relations. Thaci is scheduled to meet the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels in September.

(N1, 30.08.2018)



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