Bislimi-Petkovic meeting will be held tomorrow; skepticism about concrete results

About two months after the Serbian aggression in Banjska of Zveçan, the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue is expected to return tomorrow, at the level of chief negotiators. Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi and the Serbian representative, Petar Petkovic in Brussels are expected to discuss the next steps in the normalization process and the implementation of the commitments of the parties in the dialogue, including the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority.

However, the Government of Kosovo did not indicate whether the comments of the parties will be discussed on Thursday regarding the sequencing plan for the implementation of the Brussels and Ohrid agreement as well as the draft of the Association proposed by the Euro-American diplomats on October 21. They said that during the day they will issue a press release to show the details of the meeting in the European capital.

On the other hand, the opposition criticizes the executive for the lack of transparency regarding the draft of the Association, and they demand that immediately after the meeting Bislimi-Petkovic be reported to the Assembly. Meanwhile, those familiar with the dialogue process are skeptical that there will be much progress in tomorrow’s meeting.

The MP of the Democratic League of Kosovo, at the same time the Chairperson of the Committee on European Integration, Rrezarta Krasniqi, tells KosovaPress that it is impossible for them to come up with a position on the draft of the Association, while it has not yet been presented to the MPs of the Assembly of Kosovo.

She expresses concern, as she says, about the lack of transparency of Prime Minister Albin Kurti in this process, while emphasizing the need for the international community to convince Serbia to fully implement the agreements from the past.

“We cannot talk about the Association, since Prime Minister Kurti has not yet presented it to the MPs of the Assembly. We saw… the statements of the American ambassador, but it would be better for the prime minister to come and report to the Assembly, since this process has not been transparent at all… We are behind in the implementation of past agreements, which it was also emphasized in the Progress Report that the agreements are not being implemented. I think this is worrying for the country as we do not have a calm situation in the northern part yet… We know that Serbia does not want to implement the agreements, but it would be good for the internationals to convince Serbia. Also, with the implementation of the agreements, the measures should be removed as we have lost a lot from the financial side, especially in the IPA projects”, said Krasniqi.

Skeptical about the Bislimi-Petkovic meeting is the political analyst, Dorajet Imeri, who tells KosovaPress that considering Serbia’s destructive approach to the dialogue, he does not expect to have an agreement on the sequential implementation of the basic agreement, where the de-facto recognition between the parties is highlighted.

He demands that the European Union as a mediator in the dialogue as well as the United States of America as its supporter be more aggressive towards Serbia as a party that is blocking the dialogue.

“The facilitators of these negotiations and those who support this process should be aware that the party (Serbia) that is not constructive in this dialogue should be hindered in the membership process or even in the economic development or the international position it has, in our case we are talking about Serbia”, said Imeri.

The EU’s special representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, stayed in Belgrade yesterday, whereas last week he was in Kosovo, as he said to prepare for the meeting of chief negotiators Bislimi-Petkovic.

After his visit to Kosovo, he said that he has proposed a direct agenda for future meetings in Brussels, in line with the expectations conveyed by European leaders. According to him, the primary focus will be on achieving immediate progress in the implementation of the agreement and finding a lasting solution to the challenging situation in the north of Kosovo.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi, last week at a press conference, said that the agreement with Lajcak during the meeting in Prishtina was only for the next meeting in Brussels.

After the failure to achieve results at the Kurti-Vucic meeting on September 14 and after the Serbian terrorist attack in Banjska of Zveçan on September 24, Euro-American diplomats on October 21 presented a new plan for the implementation of the Brussels and Ohrid agreement, where among other things, they presented a draft for the implementation of Article 7 of the agreement, which talks about the self-management of the Serbs in Kosovo, therefore the establishment of the Association, which Prime Minister Kurti said he is ready to sign, in addition to the basic agreement and the annex, but it was said that the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic rejected it.