Pristina. Picture: AFP
The papers report on a conference that took place in Pristina yesterday, orgnised by the Kosovo-based Research Institute of Development and European Affairs (RIDEA) titled “Vox Populi on the Grand Finale between Kosovo and Serbia”. According to Zeri
, a study presented at the conference showed that Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs have different views when it comes to the Kosovo-Serbia agreement but they all agree that the dialogue needs to be unblocked. The study presented three possible scenarios with the least supported one being the continuation of the status quo in Kosovo. “By far the most supported scenario is that of mutual recognition. It was argued that Kosovo must insist on formal recognition for only in that way Kosovo could complete its statehood (including universal recognition and UN membership), normalize its relations with Serbia, integrate local Serbs in its institutions and work together towards EU and NATO membership. Mutual recognition would also provide for a wider societal dialogue and reconciliation, and also pave the way for solving other outstanding issues related to missing persons, formal apology, and property and so on,” the study says. In contrast, the third scenario, that of territorial exchange, is the most divisive. “Despite its potential for bringing about a long lasting peace and normalization, many warned of its even higher potential to destabilize the region, its negative economic implications (Gazivoda), or that it might lead to (rump) Kosovo’s loss of statehood (in case of unification with Albania),” the study reads. It adds however that interviewees emphasized that, provided that this scenario has wider international support and to a certain extent satisfies both parties, it could prove a feasible long term solution, if other options would prove not feasible. And, “it may happen only after the two countries would have recognized each other.”
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