TOP Analysis, Prognoses and News about Greek - Albanian Relations and the Region.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Balkan map is closed
“The Map of South-Eastern Europe is closed”. This message was given by
the British main diplomat, William Hague, who visited Kosovo for the
first time, after the meeting held this Thursday morning with the Prime
Minister, Hashim Thaci.
Hague declared that this was made clear two Serbia also two years ago.
made it clear what Serbia must do to receive the EU candidate status. I
was in Serbia two year ago, together with my German colleague, where I
declared that the South Eastern Europe map is now closed. We told them
that if they want to be an EU candidate country, they should start the
dialogue with Kosovo. We are very clear with Serbia about this matter”,
Hague underlined that in the first phase of the
dialogue, baroness Catherine Ashton will identify the issues that will
be discussed. She also supported the meeting between Thaci and Dacic.
Kosovo-Serbia dialogue for normalizing the relations is essential for
both countries, in order to continue the European path. I strongly
support the meeting between Thaci and Dacic, and I encourage all parties
to continue like this. I will send the same peace messages to
Belgrade”, Hague declared.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister
of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, declared for the journalists that Kosovo is
ready to continue the dialogue process for which they have built a widen
consensus, and that the chapter of conflicts is being closed gradually,
opening this way that of Euro-Atlantic integrations.
expect Serbia to recognize Kosovo as a state in the days, weeks and
months to follow, but we expect an European behaviour as regards Kosovo,
so that this EU relation between Kosovo and Serbia will bring the
recognition of the five EU member countries and Kosovo’s membership in
the UN”, Thaci declared.
The British diplomat appealed for the
implementation of the conditions that bring Kosovo closer to the EU, and
that are related with war against organized crime, against corruption
and the fulfilment of the human rights for all communities.