Kosovo’s Thaci: Dialogue to resume without conditions, taxes remain

Kosovo’s Thaci: Dialogue to resume without conditions, taxes remain

Kosovo’s Thaci: Dialogue to resume without conditions, taxes remain Izvor: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Hashim Thaci, Kosovo’s President, said on Friday that the US should get involved, together with the European Union, in the Belgrade–Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations which, he said should resume without any condition and added the import taxes on goods from Serbia were “just, justified and won’t be lifted,” the Beta news reported.

In an interview with the Catalan La Vanguardia daily, Thaci said that "a final solution can be found only through the dialogue which should end in mutual recognition."

The daily reminded Thaci that even the US said the 100 percent of import duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia should be suspended or lifted since they put the dialogue on hold, but Thaci responded that the taxes were the decision by the sovereign state, just, justified and won’t be annulled."

"That solution will be legally binding, and it will close all open issues between Kosovo and Serbia," Thaci said.

He added he favoured the "opening of borders, and not border changes," saying that “Kosovo won’t fall for Serbia’s spins about Greater Albania or Greater Kosovo since Kosovo is a sovereign state."

Earlier, Thaci advocated the annexation of Serbia's region of Presevo Valley populated by ethnic Albanian majority, adding that should happen without "giving an inch of Kosovo's territory in return."

He said that "now is the time for the EU to act in tune with the US to enable this process to end this year."
"We aim to join NATO and the EU and to have special relations with the US," Thaci told the daily.

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