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Serwer to Express: Haradinaj down the rabbit hole with the demarcation

Serwer to Express: Haradinaj down the rabbit hole with the demarcation GazetaExpress

Daniel Serwer, the director of the Conflict Management Program at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies in Washington DC and former US diplomat, advises Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, to get out of the rabbit hole as quickly as possible and not resist the demarcation with Montenegro. During an interview with Gazeta Express, Serwer also commented on the statements of the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee who said that the West should be more direct with the corrupt Balkan leaders by not inviting them to Washington and Brussels.

Daniel Serwer, political analyst and former US diplomat commenting on current political situation related to the agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, says that Kosovo PM Haradinaj should get out of this situation as quickly as possible and not resist the demarcation. 

He said that Kosovo has plenty of other concerns to worry about. 

“My advice is to get out of this rabbit hole as quickly as possible. Kosovo has far bigger and more important issues to worry about,’ said Serwer. 

The EU has conditioned visa liberalisation with ratification of the agreement on border delineation. Haradinaj is disputing the current version of the demarcation and has tasked a state commission to draft a report related to this issue. He alleges that under current agreement Kosovo loses more than 8000 hectares of land. The agreement was signed in 2015 and Montenegro Parliament has already ratified the deal. 

Former US diplomat also commented on the continuous threats of Serbian senior officials on potential war with Kosovo. 

On Thursday, the Head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, attending a religious ceremony in North Mitrovica, said that Serbia is ready to fight for Kosovo, to defend as he said, “their land.” 

Serwer said that Djuric should know better that there will be no fighting for Kosovo as long as the NATO-led forces are there. 

“I hope they will stay until complete normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, including UN membership for Kosovo and exchange of diplomatic representatives at the ambassadorial level,” said Serwer. 

Serwer added that Serbia needs introspection and realism, not fantasy and threats.

Serwer also commented on statements of the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hoyt Yee, who said that the West should be more direct with the corrupt Balkan leaders by not inviting them to Washington and Brussels. 

According to Serwer, Hoyt Yee was serious making such remarks noting that cancellation of dates for meetings with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, might be related. /GazetaExpress/

    Date: 09 November 2017 19:01
    Author: GazetaExpress

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