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Kurti meeting with EP representatives: We enter into dialogue with Serbia only if it recognizes Kosovo, there is no other alternative

  • 10/16/2021 10:31 PM
Kurti meeting with EP representatives: We enter into dialogue with Serbia only if it recognizes Kosovo, there is no other alternative

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Albin Kurti together with the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Development and Dialogue, Besnik Bislimi, received a delegation of the European Parliament led by the representative for Kosovo in Parliament, Viola von Cramon.

Visa liberalization for Kosovo, local elections held on Sunday, the Kosovo Police operation in the north of the country and the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue were some of the main topics of conversation.

Kurti thanked the MEPs for their commitment to the recognition of Kosovo's independence in the five non-recognizing countries, for their support and voting for visa liberalization and for their support with vaccines through COVAX.

"Parliamentary elections have brought institutional stability and democratic legitimacy that has resulted in increased trust in institutions and consequently other positive developments such as economic growth, increased revenues and investments, clear indicators of the positive effects of democratic change that came from the February 14 election," Kurti said.

He expressed confidence that tomorrow's local elections will be held peacefully and with the participation of as many citizens as possible.

Regarding the Kosovo police operation in the north, Kurti explained that it was an operation against smuggling and crime and included 26 different locations throughout the territory, 5 of them in North Mitrovica.

"This was a normal and necessary operation of the police, which has performed its work professionally and according to legal procedures," he said.

Regarding the interest of MEPs in the talks with Serbia, he said that they have no alternative, but it should be understood that the recognition of Kosovo's independence from Serbia has no alternative.

/Klara Ruci/