Kosovo’s Prime Minister confirms Belgrade–Pristina meeting in Paris in September

Kosovo’s Prime Minister confirms Belgrade–Pristina meeting in Paris in September

Kosovo’s Prime Minister confirms Belgrade–Pristina meeting in Paris in September Izvor: N1

Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo’s Prime Minister said on Friday he expected a Belgrade – Pristina meeting to take place in Paris in September, saying the French President Emmanuel Macron’s advisor told him that, the Beta news agency reported.

He said that the meeting announced during Macron’s visit to Belgrade earlier this week was agreed by Paris and Berlin.

An earlier meeting at July 1, dubbed Paris Summit, was postponed after the previous one in Berlin, also organised by Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, did not bear any fruit since both sided remained cemented in their positions.

During his stay in Belgrade, Macron said he would organise the meeting together with Merkel to try to revive the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations that had been on hold since last November due to Kosovo’s decision to introduce the 100 percent import taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia.

Speaking to KTV TV, Haradinaj accused the authorities and parties’ leaders of weakening Kosovo’s position in the talks.

He said that “the statements by parties’ leaders, their position, even different in public from those behind closed doors, made Kosovo looking inferior compared to Serbia.”

He seemingly referred to the latest statement by Kosovo’s Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli who said the taxes should be suspended.

Pristina has been under constant public pressure from both the US and the European Union to withdraw the decision on tariffs and give the dialogue a chance.

Also, Haradinaj also accused Serbia of doing everything to weaken Kosovo.

He said he was convinced that a joint statement by Kosovo’s leaders that the taxes should remain in place until Belgrade's recognition would help.

“If we do that, I assure you we’ll get the recognition. We’ll have a condition for the recognition. There won’t be an ever-lasting frozen conflict or any war,” Haradinaj said.

He added that the decision on the taxes stopped the division of Kosovo, but that he would not take part in the dialogue without a political consensus.

“I refused to take part in the talks about the divisions (EU High Representative in charge of the dialogue Federica), Mogherini’s talks and I succeeded in that,” Haradinaj said, responding to accusations he had been avoiding his Constitutional duty to lead the dialogue.

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