Kosovo’s PM presents first draft of agreement with Belgrade to foreign diplomats

Kosovo’s PM presents first draft of agreement with Belgrade to foreign diplomats

Kosovo’s PM presents first draft of agreement with Belgrade to foreign diplomats Izvor: Reuters/Agron Beqiri

In a move that seems to be a switch of roles among Kosovo leaders, Ramush Haradinaj, the Prime Minister, wrote on his Facebook profile on Thursday he had informed the Quinta Group and the head of the EU Office in Pristina about the first draft of an agreement that should be adopted at the end of EU-facilitated Belgrade - Pristina dialogue.

The Quinta Group consists of the US, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany.

Haradinaj described the draft as Pristina’s accompanying document for the next phase of the dialogue to accelerate the process, the FoNet news agency reported.

So far, the chief Pristina negotiator was Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci who has been at odds with Haradinaj for quite some time, particularly on the issue of border correction between Serbia and Kosovo he advocated and which the Prime Minister said would lead to a catastrophe.

“The head of the technical part of the negotiating team Avni Arifi presented the chapters that would be the most important scope of a deal and which will pave the way to normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia,” Haradinaj said.

He added the draft would be sent to all heads of the institutions and parties’ leaders for discussion.

“In the next few days and weeks the draft will be talked about in all social strata to lead us to a final document which will include all opinions,” Haradinaj said.

The Brussels dialogue led by Thaci and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic has been on hold, following the deteriorating relations between the two capitals after Kosovo failed to join Interpol and blamed Serbia for undermining its effort and then introduced the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia.

Haradinaj’s sudden direct involvement into the negotiating process came on the eve of Kosovo’s Parliament session expected to pass three laws enabling the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces (BSK) into an army.

Analysts agree Hardinaj enjoys an overwhelming support in Kosovo.


Earlier on Thursday, Thaci, wearing a uniform, addressed the BSK members saying it was “only a few hours before the long-awaited moment.”

So far, neither Thaci nor the EU has reacted to Haradinaj’s move.









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