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Suspension of dialogue: Impact in Kosovo’s European Integration process

March 29, 2017

Prishtina, 29 March 2017 –A roundtable discussion, organized by the Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), was held today, whereby the Minister of European Integration, Ms. Mimoza Ahmetaj was a panelist, together with the deputies of the Assembly of Kosovo, members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Topic of discussion was “Suspension of dialogue: Impact in Kosovo’s European Integration process” Participants discussed in details the possible impact that the suspension of dialogue could have on Kosovo and its path toward European integration.
Minister Ahmetaj spoke on the importance of dialogue as the only way to improve neighborly relations and to settle issues that remain open between the two countries.
Also, Minister Ahmetaj emphasized that dialogue, supported by the European Union, is also a process for advancing our countries toward European integration.
The Lisbona treaty and the Thessaloniki conference have opened the path for all Western Balkan countries to become EU members. Taking into consideration that within the EU there are countries with frozen conflicts, as is the case of Cyprus who is not recognized by Turkey, and in turn Cyprus, as an EU members, has blocked Turkey in its negotiations for EU membership.
In order not to have other frozen conflicts, upon the accession of new states, EU in cooperation with UN, have obliged Kosovo and Serbia to settle all open issues prior to their membership. Dialogue is a process that “feeds” Kosovo’s negotiation process through the SAA, and in the case of Serbia, through Chapter 35. As such, this is a dynamic process which constantly is supplemented and updated with new topics, stated, inter alia, Minister Ahmetaj.
Additionally, Minister Ahmetaj reiterated: “If the April agreement had 14 issues to address, this agreement should now also address other issues such as the fate of missing persons, war reparation, banking fund of our citizens, health and social insurance. Moreover, other topics of importance for Kosovo citizens should also be addressed”.
It is worth mentioning that the Assembly of Kosovo has obliged the Government to negotiate with Serbia in Brussels, under the facilitation of the EU and the guarantee of the USA, so that the dialogue is more comprehensive, transparent, and ensure it includes the opposition at that time.

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