Representation of Kosovo in the EU-Western Balkans Summit set to take place on 16-17 May in Sofia, was one of the main topics of the meetings that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had with Kosovo state leaders in Pristina.
Borissov addressing media after meeting Kosovo President Hashim Thaci confirmed that President Thaci has been invited to attend the Sofia Summit. “Kosovo will be represented as recognised by over 100 countries, whereas we will find a solution also for those which have not recognised it,” said Borissov in Pristina. The five EU-non recognising countries, especially Spain put into question Kosovo’s participation in this Summit.
Borissov called on Western Balkans leaders to leave aside personal egoism because as he said, this might be fatal for the future of these countries. He also said that Kosovo and Serbia are obliged to solve their problems. “The dialogue should continue because the EU does not accept countries which have open issues. There is no alternative, you know that you are obliged to solve problems with Serbia,” said Borissov noting that Balkans has a clear European perspective.
Kosovo President Thaci said that within Kosovo commitments, Bulgaria served as model when it comes of fulfilling the EU criteria. “The visa liberalisaiton process is ongoing. We have fulfilled 95 benchmarks entirely. Now after ratification of the Agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, and after meetings with the European Commissioners and High Representative Federica Mogherini, visa liberalisaiton will happen this year,” Thaci said. “The model and councils from the Bulgarian EU’s presidency are of a great value. Bulgaria has treated good and fairly the region,” Thaci said. Kosovo President Thaci decreed Bulgarian PM Borissov with the Presidential Medal on 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s Independence.