Kosovo’s Thaci tells US envoy obstacles to talks with Belgrade should be lifted

Source: Tanjug/AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci said on Wednesday his country friendship with the US was crucial for Pristina’s Euro-Atlantic integrations, and that the hurdles to the dialogue with Belgrade should be eliminated, the Beta news agency reported.

In a meeting with the US envoy to Pristina Philip Kosnett, Thaci insisted on a peacful solution to the Belgrade – Pristina relations.

The meeting came after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj reiterated the tariffs would remain in place and following late last night meeting of Kosovo’s leaders, including Thaci, where the stand was repeated.

Belgrade maintains the dialogue will resume after Kosovo’s 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia are lifted.


Thaci’s office statement did not directly mention the tariffs issue, but the Wednesday’s talks also followed the most severe warning from Washington about the consequences if the taxes were not suspended.

In a letter, three high-ranked US officials expressed disbelief with Pristina’s easiness in refusing to comply with Washington demand.

In what seems to be an attempt to ease the tension between the US and Kosovo, Thaci and Kosnett agreed that all obstacles to the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations should be eliminated.

„Kosovo and the US share common values, principles and goals. In this case, our joint aim is to work for peace and stability in Kosovo and the region, “ the statement quoted Thaci as saying.

He added that “the key to peace is to reach a peaceful, comprehensive and final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia.”