Kosovo expresses disappointment regarding Western threats and attributes the situation to Serbia

by Cristian Florescu

Osmani mentioned that Serbia has been consistently violating the Ohrid agreement since March 18th for the past two months. However, the European Union has not yet made any formal statement acknowledging these violations.

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani voiced her perspective on the recent tension in her country’s north, suggesting that there may be a Serbian strategy behind it. She expressed her frustration with the pressure exerted by Western allies and emphasized that the EU has not yet addressed Serbia’s actions. This statement was made by President Osmani during a press conference in Berlin on Friday.

The relationship between Kosovo and Serbia has been experiencing a decline in recent weeks, which has been concerning for the EU and the US. The EU and US are urging Kosovo to address the delicate situation in the northern region, where the appointment of four Albanian mayors has resulted in violent protests from the Serbian population.

EU Commission Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Peter Stano stated that all 27 member states have taken a series of measures aimed at Kosovo, including incremental steps with financial and political consequences, such as the suspension of high-level visits and events. These measures have been taken due to concerns about the situation in the north, and we hope that Kosovo will take steps to address these issues in a timely and effective manner.

Following the agreement on an EU proposal, tensions were quick to escalate. Osmani is attributing the resurgence of regional tensions primarily to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Vucic reverted to his previous strategy of consistently creating crises in order to hinder the successful implementation of the dialogue agreement.

Osmani further highlighted that the compromise reached with Serbia was a challenging pill for Kosovo to accept. Nonetheless, we placed our trust in our allies and partners, as we believed that this agreement would assist both Kosovo and Serbia in progressing towards mutual recognition, Osmani conveyed to reporters.

The EU Parliament President, Roberta Metsola, acknowledged Kosovo’s dedication to becoming a part of Europe despite the EU’s recent pressure. She emphasized the Parliament’s recognition of Kosovo’s efforts and its commitment to supporting the necessary conditions for Kosovo to progress towards this goal.

Nevertheless, it appears that Kosovo requires a well-defined plan for its EU membership. In addition to verbal assurances about the European outlook, it is necessary to identify specific measures to advance our cause. Therefore, it is imperative that we collaborate and negotiate whenever disagreements arise. This is the view of Osmani.

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