US embassy staff visit Serbia’s Presevo Valley with ethnic Albanian majority

US embassy staff visit Serbia’s Presevo Valley with ethnic Albanian majority

US embassy staff visit Serbia’s Presevo Valley with ethnic Albanian majority Izvor: N1

The Secretary and the military attaché from the US embassy to Serbia visited on Friday Bujanovac and Presevo, the two municipalities with the ethnic Albanian majority in southern Serbia, the Beta news agency reported.

Adam Schick and Robert Hamilton met with the ethnic Albanian leaders from those two municipalities to discuss the political situation in that region, problems in education in Albanian and the possibilities of solving those issue through joint projects.

The report did not mention if the talks included one of the burning issues linked to the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations which had been advocated by Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci.

Thaci has repeatedly mentioned a border correction with Belgrade which will mean the annexation of all three Presevo Valley municipalities (the two said and Medvedja, which has a Serb majority), while Kosovo’s territory will remain intact.

Ramus Haradinaj, Kosovo’s Prime Minister, is firmly against any border changes as is the opposition in Pristina, fearing it will mean a territory swap.

Former Kosovo leader and now a political analyst Azem Vllasi said that the annexation of the Presevo Valley was not a realistic option.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said last summer he favoured the separation with the Albanians, and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has recently announced the idea on demarcation could be discussed.

The international community is divided concerning the issue with some saying it will be acceptable if both sides agree on, while the others are warning about the possibility of a  domino effect, especially in the Balkans.

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