Rama talks to the BBC about the situation in the north of Kosovo
Prime Minister Edi Rama in an interview for "BBC" Rama has stated that the only solution is the continuation of the dialogue about the situation created in the north of Kosovo. Rama says that Prime Minister Albin Kurti should listen to the advice that comes to him from international friends, while for Serbia he says that it is not a danger for Kosovo yet.
Edi Rama: There is a disturbing situation in the north of Kosovo, but I will not stress it too much in terms of danger. I will only say that this situation was initially provoked by the abandonment of the institutions by the Serbs, which created a vacuum. And secondly, from the insistence of the Kosovo authorities to put these mayors in empty offices, where the majority of the population is Serbian.
It was good that elections were held and that it was shown that no one can hold democratic processes hostage in an independent country, but it was not a good idea to insist on the entry of these mayors into empty municipalities with the help of the police and interference of KFOR and the injury of soldiers.
Are you pointing the finger of blame at Albin Kurti?
Edi Rama: I'm not here to blame anyone, I'm just answering your questions. I think the broader perspective is positive. Serbia and Kosovo, thanks to Kurti and Vucic, are very close to closing the historic agreement. I also believe that the fact that the agreement is so close, based on the Franco-German proposal with mutual recognition, has irritated both sides. It is like a couple at the church door before they get married, who start to doubt.
Do you think the agreement will be reached?
Edi Rama: I think there is no other way in the world for this agreement not to be made. We were at a summit of the European Community with the leaders in Moldova and all of them, especially the French president and the German chancellor, are convinced that Kurti and Vucic should sit down at a table and close the deal.
Albin Kurti tha se Perëndimi po kënaq Serbinë dhe SHBA po bën presion Kosovës?
Edi Rama: Më vjen keq ta them, por mendoj njësoj dhe ky nuk është pozicion servili, por jam i bindur se SHBA dhe BE kanë të drejtë dhe Albini është tërësisht i gabuar, sepse ata nuk po përpiqen të kënaqin Serbinë, por ta çojnë Kosovën në tjetër nivel, që do të thotë një shtet që njihet nga të gjithë, që mund të ulet në OKB dhe çdo institucion tjetër.
Por, ishin serbët që sulmuan ushtarët e KFOR?
Edi Rama: It is true and it cannot be denied, but it is also true that the entry of the mayors into the offices despite the good advice of good friends of Kosovo, without whom Kosovo would not be what it is today, was an excessive step . That being said, I think that Serbia is not a danger to Kosovo since 1999, it has definitely lost Kosovo since 1999. Now is the time for peace, for normalization, to accept to give Serbia what is due by agreement , that is, the association of municipalities with a Serbian majority and the right for the Serbian Orthodox Church to have its activity in Kosovo and for Serbia to accept that Kosovo no longer exists and to accept mutual recognition.