Kosovo ready to seek compromise with Serbia

Ramush Haradinaj (L) and Hashim Thaci (R).

Kosovo is ready for a compromise deal with Serbia to resolve long-standing issues between the countries, President Hashim Thaci said in a letter to US President Donald Trump. “I will be ready and willing to make compromises necessary to reach a comprehensive and balanced settlement that will encompass all outstanding issues,” Thaci said in a letter dated 8 January, but published only now.

In June Thaci said he would seek a solution with Serbia by “correcting borders”, but politicians and analysts in Kosovo said that would mean land swaps. His plan rang alarm bells among Balkan neighbours and Western governments who saw it as a move to take three Serbian municipalities inhabited mainly by ethnic Albanians.

Separately, Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj proposed in a letter to the US, France, Germany, Italy and the UK an international conference to complete a final agreement with Serbia to normalise ties between the former foes. Haradinaj said Kosovo would then revoke a 100% tariff on Serb and Bosnian goods, imposed last year. According to the PM, the US and EU should be the guarantors of the conference results and their application.

Similar articles

  • Quint group urges Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue

    Quint group urges Kosovo and Serbia to resume dialogue

    Four European countries and the United States urged Kosovo and Serbia on Tuesday to re-launch their dialogue on normalizing ties if they wish to advance their bid for EU membership, news wires reported. "The status quo prevents progress on Kosovo's and Serbia's path toward the European Union (EU) and is simply not sustainable," the so-called Quint group of the US, Italy, France, Germany and Britain said in a joint statement.

  • Borissov, Zaev discuss friendship and cooperation

    Borissov, Zaev discuss friendship and cooperation

    Prime ministers Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria and Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia discussed in Skopje Thursday the benefits for their countries stemming from the implementation of the Friendship, Goodneighbourliness and Cooperation Treaty, the Bulgarian Government's press service reported. Borissov stressed Bulgaria's desire to develop close and friendly relations, corresponding to the two countries' common history and closeness between citizens.

  • France, Serbia discuss European enlargement, Kosovo dispute

    France, Serbia discuss European enlargement, Kosovo dispute

    Serbia needs French support in European integration, as well as engagement to relieve tensions with its unilaterally seceded province of Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Belgrade on Monday. Macron arrived in the Serbian capital for a two-day official visit. Yesterday, he held "long, open and sincere" talks with Vucic at the Palace of Serbia. The first visit of a French president since 2001 reflects the open-handed approach of the French state and people to Serbia, Vucic said.