Kosovo is interested in the dialogue with Belgrade but has no intention of lifting the 100 percent tariff on goods from Serbia, nor has anyone in Germany demanded that Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj declared on Thursday, and added Kosovo’s position is now “better than ever”.
Following a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday, Haradinaj said Kosovo wants to achieve a comprehensive legally binding accord with Belgrade that includes mutual recognition within present borders.
He said that he endorses a resumption of the dialogue, but that the only topic of this dialogue should be mutual recognition of present borders.
Haradinaj said there are two possibilities in the dialogue with Belgrade – the first possibility is to reach a major agreement now and the second one should be the result of a long negotiation process and several minor accords.
The Kosovo PM did not specify what he meant by “major” and “minor” agreements.
If an accord were to be reached, this would be a big decision that would involve the US, Germany, and France, he added.
Germany, France play an important role, Haradinaj asserts: Speaking of the forthcoming summit in Paris, the Kosovo Prime Minister added that the commitment of Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron to the dialogue on normalization of relations with Kosovo is very important.
Haradinaj thanked Merkel on Germany’s firm stance in the defense of the Kosovo sovereignty and it supports in principle to the lifting of visas requirements for Kosovo citizens.
He denied that Merkel asked him that Pristina abolishes the tariffs on Serbian merchandize and announced that the Pristina delegation will seek once again the recognition of Kosovo at that summit, not just from Serbia, but also from five European countries which still haven’t recognized it.