Germany is opposing Hashim Thaci’s plans to take a leading role in dialogue with Serbia. This was reflected also during a meeting that Thaci had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on 9 May. Reportedly Merkel was not happy with the way Kosovo authorities have arrested and deported Head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, and the way Thaci has misused a meeting of the QUINT countries before the arrest of Serbian negotiator.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci represented his meeting with German Chancellor Merkel as a great achievement. After the press conference with Merkel, Thaci addressed Kosovo media who followed him in Berlin revealing as he said "messages' he got in the meeting, and after his return to Pristina he even had a long televised interview focusing primarily on the meeting with Merkel. Thaci after meeting in Berlin said that Kosovo and he personally are ready for resumption of dialogue with Serbia. He even invited Merkel to facilitate this dialogue. But Merkel has made no reference whatsoever on Thaci’s role in the dialogue.
A source told Gazeta Express that Merkel expressed her dissatisfaction to Thaci on the way the Kosovo Police have arrested Head of Serbia’s Office Marko Djuric for illegally entering Kosovo territory. The arrest happened after a meeting that Thaci had with QUINT ambassadors (US, UK, Germany, France and Italy) in Pristina. Reportedly Thaci has ordered Djuric’s arrest right after the meeting with QUINT ambassadors in order to be perceived in the public opinion as a support also by internationals. After the arrest and deportation of Djuric, Thaci has pointed finger towards minister of Internal Affairs Flamur Sefaj who was later dismissed because of his role on the arrest and deportation to Turkey of the six Turkish men suspected of their links with Fetullah Gulen’s movement. In addition to Germany, Thaci is facing problems to get legitimacy also in Kosovo, considering that opposition parties are against giving him a leading role in the final phase of the dialogue with Serbia.