In an exclusive interview given for IBNA, leader of Self Determination Movement, Albin Kurti, talks about the new developments in Kosovo, the process of negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade in Brussels, the future reconciliation of people in the Balkan, the risk of Kosovo becoming like Bosnia, the upcoming parliamentary elections, Kosovo’s journey to Euro-Atlantic integrations and lustration process.
Pristina, March 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
Interviewed by Elton Tota
IBNA: How do you consider the talks between Kosovo and Serbia being conducted by prime minister Thaci and his Serb counterpart, Ivica Dacic?
Albin Kurti: Talks between Kosovo and Serbia have been in Serbia’s interest in two aspects. Through the participation of Kosovo in the negotiations, Serbia has gained the aura of the good constructive neighbor, thus being granted the EU candidate status and the date for the launch of negotiations for EU accession. Meanwhile, the agreements produced by these negotiations have formalized Serbia within Kosovo. If Ahtisaari’s Plan introduced the separatist essence through the drawing of the territory with ethnic lines, this process has taken the same direction and has been shaped into an autonomous entity through the April 19, 2013 agreement for the formation of the Association of Serb Communes. If with the Ahtisaari Plan we had ethnic Serb communes with extended powers, with the April 19 agreement, we have an association which cannot be undone by none of the state institutions; with the Ahtisaari Plan we have a police commander who is elected by Serb communes, after the April 19 agreement northern communes have also elected the regional commander; with Ahtisaari Plan we have an ethnically divided first instance courts, the recent agreement has also divided the appellate level on an ethnic basis.
IBNA: Can reconciliation between Balkan people take place in the future, being also a request from Brussels for good neighboring relations in the region?