Kosovo’s Kurti: It will be challenging, but I’m optimist

NEWS 15.06.2021 14:33
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Source: N1

Albin Kurti, Kosovo's Prime Minister, described the meetings in Brussels with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic mediated by the European Union representatives, Miroslav Lajčák, the EU special envoy for the dialogue and the bloc's diplomacy chief Josep Borrell, as constructive and demanding, but he remained an optimist.

„It will be tough, but I’m an optimist. We now have an honest approach to problems, and the essence of our conflict is the lack of mutual recognition,“ Kurti told reporters in sharp contrast to what Vucic told the media.

„Kurti came not to agree,“ he said, adding he did not expect anything and announced the new round of high-level talks by the end of July.

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On the other hand, Kurti said that „together, we can go toward the European and Euro-Atlantic integrations much faster than others think.“

He suggested the Kosovo-Serbia joint peace declaration in which the two sides would commit not to attack each other.

Kurti denied any ethnically motivated conflicts in Kosovo, adding Pristina did not have issues with Kosovo’s Serbs but „has with Serbia.“

„I think that both the Serbs and Albanians and everyone in the region have two major demands – employment and justice,“ Kurti said.