Pristina: Serbia's Vucic threatens, dialogue with Belgrade after NATO membership

Source: ANADOLIJA/Erkin Keci

Avdulah Hoti, Kosovo's Prime Minister, said Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday threatened Pristina, by warning that the lack in solving the two capitals' dialogue on normalisation of relations could end like Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while Kosovo's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora added the talks should resume after Pristina joined NATO.

Hoti described Vucic’s statement as being opposite to the normalisation of relations and a final agreement, including mutual recognition.

Speaking about the meeting with the representatives of the Quinta countries and the European Union member states, Vucic said earlier on Thursday the most important message was about peace, dialogue and Belgrade’s wish to continue the negotiations with Pristina.

He added a compromise should be reached „rather sooner than later,“ mentioning the case of Nagorno-Karabakh, which he said was a frozen conflict. „When someone thaws it“, it could be catastrophic.

Vucic also said the „lessons from the 1990s“ should be learned, and that Serbia’s message was to continue the dialogue with Pristina.

However, Hoti understood the statement as „opposite to everything Serbia has committed itself to under the guarantees of the international community for lasting peace and economic development in the region.“

„Kosovo’s Government remains committed to a constructive role in favour of peace, stability and prosperity of the entire region,“ a Government statement quoted him as saying.

It added Pristina expected „the EU and NATO to respond to these provocations,“ adding Kosovo’s goals were memberships to NATO, the EU and all relevant international organisations.

Besides, Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora said it read Vucic’s comparison of Belgrade-Pristina relations to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a genuine threat of a new war in the Balkans and added the dialogue should only resume after Kosovo became a NATO member.

The Ministry’s statement said Kosovo was not Nagorno-Karabakh, and that there was no frozen conflict, adding Pristina would intensify efforts to join NATO.

„And only then should it continue the dialogue with Serbia.“

„Vucic’s reaction and deliberate comparisons clearly show the intention to destabilise and create new tensions in the Balkans,“ it added.