Opposition parties in Kosovo are not supporting the proposal of President Hashim Thaci and Government to become part of the dialogue with Serbia. The two biggest opposition parties in Kosovo – LDK and Vetevendosje, are against participation of their representatives in the EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels.
The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) says that they would reject a leading role in this dialogue, whereas Vetevendosje would accept their leader, Albin Kurti, to lead negotiations with Serbia under certain conditions set by this opposition party. Head of parliamentary group of the LDK, Avdullah Hoti, told Radio Free Europe that they will not become part of the dialogue, but as the opposition they will ask the Government be more responsible for the negotiation process with Serbia. He said the LDK has asked the Parliament of Kosovo approve a platform on the dialogue with Serbia. “It is meaningless for the opposition to lead the dialogue. Kosovo has its own institutions. Opposition will play its role, by overseeing this process and asking those involved in dialogue to regularly report on the dialogue,” Hoti said.
Xhelal Svecla from Vetevendosje said that their leader Albin Kurti is ready to take a leading role in dialogue but under certain conditions. Such as building a national consensus and establishment of a parliamentary committee to investigate the dialogue process with Serbia. “If these two preconditions are met, the Vetevendosje , namely Albin Kurti, is ready to lead these negotiations,” Svecla told RFE. He said that the dialogue process with Serbia has degraded and Kosovo side was not equal in the negotiations table.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has announced that Kosovo and Serbia are about to enter final phase of the dialogue which will be headed by presidents of the two countries. But he called on opposition parties and civil society representatives to join Kosovo delegation in the final phase of the dialogue.