Adriatik Kelmendi: Mr. Ambassador, welcome to Rubikon.

Ambassador Delawie: It’s great to be here, Adriatik. Thank you very much.

Adriatik Kelmendi: Yesterday, in Brussels, took place another round of the talks between Kosovo and Serbia. For the first time there was a bigger negotiating delegation from Kosovo. Hashim Thaci, the President of Kosovo after the meeting with Vucic said this was the hardest meeting they had since the start of the Dialogue. What do you expect from this so-called last phase?

Ambassador Delawie: Well, you know we’ve all been working for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia for a long time. Certainly my government has supported that for a long time. And I think it’s a little bit too soon to figure out exactly what to expect. Because I think there’s been this great conversation going on in Kosovo the last several months about what does Kosovo want to get out of the Dialogue. What are its goals? And that’s positive. The increased discussion of the future of the relationship with Serbia is very positive. But I think it’s up for Kosovo citizens, Kosovo politicians to try to get together to figure out, ok, what does Kosovo want out of this, out of this whole process? What are Kosovo’s goals? And I would rather leave that to Kosovo citizens to decide rather than for me to figure out or to tell you what I think your position should be.

Adriatik Kelmendi: But don’t we all know what the Kosovo people’s goal is? Kosovo declared independence. Just recently we celebrated 10 years of independence. So it’s to have Serbia recognize this independence.” (Full Interview at US Embassy in Kosovo)

The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj told TV Dukagjini that he is against the idea of the Kosovo Assembly MP Lutfi Haziri for an exchange of territories with Serbia. 

‘Division for me is war, I say this without hesitation and it is dangerous to talk about division,’ Haradinaj said.

According to him, whoever mentions division, want to bring tragedy in the Balkans.

‘There is no division, no exchange of territories, movement of the borders. It is dangerous, it cannot be done under these circumstances,’ Haradinaj added.” (Radio Television Kosovo)

“Officials in Belgrade rejected Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli’s request to visit Novi Pazar using an excuse that under the UNMIK Provisional Legislative Framework the Kosovo Foreign Ministry is non-existent.

Therefore, Serbia has claimed,  the agreement on officials’ visits cannot be applied in Pacolli’s case. Pristina, on the other side, said that Belgrade is violating the agreement on official visits.

Pacolli was invited by the Bosniak National Council to pay a visit to Novi Pazar which took place today.

However, the Serbian Prime Minister harshly reacted against the Bosniak National Council today, describing Pacolli also as ‘a person who names himself ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs’ of our Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija’:

‘It is a clear and flagrant violation of the laws of the Republic of Serbia and an abuse of office and mandate of the national minority councils,’ the Serbian Prime Minister, Brnabic, reacted to the Council’s initiative.

‘Let’s not forget, we are a state, an internationally recognized state, and Kosovo is a territory under Provisional UN Administration, in accordance with Resolution 1244. Let’s not draw any parallels. Pacolli, as a Minister of Foreign Affairs, cannot enter the territory of the Republic of Serbia, for the simple reason that neither the Resolution 1244 nor the relevant UNMIK documents specify the existence of a Minister of Foreign Affairs,’ Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told media.” (KosSev)