Kosovo and Serbia are going through a difficult time in the EU-facilitated dialogue in Brussels, which has almost stalled because of the lack of implementation of the agreements and ambiguity over the dialogue format. But Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli, came out with a new plan - as expected from him, with an approach creating more confusion related to this issue. Gazeta Express got hold of a document mentioning establishment of a Council on Promoting Peace between Kosovo and Serbia.
Kosovo Foreign Minister Pacolli established a body named the Council on Promoting Peace between Kosovo and Serbia and appointed a lady from Albania, called Clara Buda, who based on a Google search, is a journalist and writer.
Since assuming office as foreign minister, Pacolli’s official stance is that both countries should move towards full reconciliation. However, recently he implied that he would engage to a more “nationalist” approach towards Serbia, by mentioning potential replacement of Serbian products in Kosovo with Turkish ones.
However, he soon abandoned this idea. Now he has returned to his initial idea for reconciliation with Serbia, as expected, with an approach creating more confusion related to the official stance of Kosovo's diplomacy towards dialogue with Serbia.
Gazeta Express got hold of a document signed by the Kosovo Foreign Minister on the establishment of the council for promotion of peace between Kosovo and Serbia.
Pacolli has even proposed a name for who will reconcile Kosovo and Serbia. The point six of the document reveals that Pacolli has assigned a journalist from Albania – Klara Buda, for this task.
The document also revels duties and responsibilities of the Council:
“To advise promotion of peace between Kosovo and Serbia; and to draft a platform on functioning of the annual events, which will be organised by this council,” written in one of the provisions of the Council's document.
In addition to being financed by state institutions, the Council is open to donations.
Kosovo-Serbia talks, facilitated by the EU and supported by the US, have produced many agreements, which were not fully implemented due to lack of political willingness of parties.
While Pristina and Belgrade over the last years have negotiated at the highest political level, which required serious diplomatic engagement of the Western world powers, Pacolli’s initiative seems confusing and is similar to activities held during 90s, when Kosovo-Serbia problems were to be solved through commissions and NGOs.
After failed diplomacy, Albanians in Kosovo started an uprising against Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, which led to Kosovo war in 1998-99 that left almost 13,000 people dead.
The war in Kosovo ended in June 1999 after NATO deployed its peacekeeping mission and the UN adopted the Resolution 1244 agreeing to administrate Kosovo by international community. Kosovo declared independence in 2008 and was recognised by more than 110 countries.