OP-ED

It is still not too late for unity around dialogue

It is intolerable that the representatives of the EU, and not the government, gave the draft of the association of municipalities with a Serbian majority to the leaders of the opposition of Kosovo. As it was impermissible that this government, when it came to power, many documents from the previous dialogue process had to be given to the EU, because they were not given to the predecessors

For states, especially for those that are in the process of strengthening international subjectivity, territorial integrity and internal security, there are some issues where there should be complete unity, regardless of political and ideological differences. Breakups at such sensitive stages can have long-term consequences. In such a situation is Kosovo, which does not have the luxury of having such large divisions on key issues such as the dialogue with Serbia, relations with the main international allies and aspects of national security. In all these three issues, Kosovo is once again going through great challenges. Relations with key international allies are not ideal. Even Kosovo, for the first time in its history since the declaration of independence, is under bilateral sanctions of the United States of America, the EU and Germany. Serbia continues to have territorial claims against Kosovo, exert pressure and control over the Serbs in Kosovo, and even threaten the security of Kosovo by supporting, if not organizing, the paramilitary attacks that the High Representative of the EU, Josep Borrell, has called as terrorist. In the dialogue facilitated by the EU, there has been a big step back. Under the direction of the special envoy for dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, abandoning the goal of a final, legally binding, comprehensive agreement through which all key issues would be resolved. With Lajcak at the head of the process, and the support of High Representative Josep Borrell, the dialogue has reached the stage of what is now called "normalization of non-recognition". Without prejudging their positions and positions in the past, the experience from the three-year dialogue process alone gives the impression that the EU will always continue to have an understanding of Serbia's positions and try to accommodate them. While, to consider as "unrealistic" the demands of Kosovo, be they to sign the Agreement, or to deposit it in the UN, or something else.

In all these points, it would be excessive, and perhaps even inaccurate to a large extent, to consider only the Kosovar side as responsible. It would be good if the opposition in Kosovo, instead of enjoying the sanctions against its country that the EU has imposed, which it has no intention of removing soon, would be more willing to cooperate with the government, for the good of the state, and in this way to increase the pressure on the international community as well.