Gërvalla: The draft for the Association will be reviewed only if Serbia implements the basic agreement

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Donika Gërvalla, says that the government will consider the EU draft for the association only if Serbia fully implements the basic Brussels agreement and the Ohrid annex.

According to her, Kosovo cannot send Miroslav Lajcak’s draft for the association to the Constitutional Court as a separate part from the agreement reached last year, but only as part of the package that includes the detailed implementation plan.

Gërvalla considers it necessary that the new structures of the European Union have a different and balanced approach, as she says from Lajcak’s failed dialogue.

Chief diplomat Gërvalla in an interview for KosovaPress says that the draft of the association in its current form, separated from the Brussels package, cannot be processed, despite international pressure and the conditions that may be for membership in international organizations.

As an appropriate solution, she considers the possibility of the EU sending this draft to the Venice Commission for evaluation. However, she says that they are ready to sit down with the representatives of the Serbian community in Kosovo, so that the government can draw up a draft statute of the association of municipalities with a Serbian majority in Kosovo.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs asks Kosovo’s international allies to take into account Kosovo’s proposal for drafting a draft association statute.

However, she adds that after this unwillingness of Kosovo’s allies to address this topic, even the government does not have the optimism to enter this path. As she says, if the offer of the Kosovar side is not taken into account, then it cannot be there forever.

According to her, Kosovo’s allies have never officially asked Kosovo to draw up a draft for the association, but have always been on the verge of reaching an agreement in Brussels.

Gërvalla asks the EU to send the draft of the association to the Venice Commission for evaluation.

Speaking about the dialogue with Serbia and the change in the approach of the European Union after the European Parliament elections, she says that it is important that what happened with the dialogue in the past three years is not repeated.