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Interview With Kosovar President: 'We Will Never Negotiate For Our Sovereignty'

Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga: "We should demonstrate that we're willing to fulfill all the standards and norms before we become EU members."
Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga: "We should demonstrate that we're willing to fulfill all the standards and norms before we become EU members."

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Serbia and Kosovo have committed to resume European Union-sponsored talks that were suspended during Serbia's recent election season. RFE/RL correspondent Arbana Vidishiqi spoke with Kosovar President Atifete Jahjaga about Pristina's approach to the discussions.

RFE/RL: A political dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia has been announced. Does Kosovo have any preconditions for entering this dialogue and which issues can be discussed?

Atifete Jahjaga:
The Republic of Kosovo is a sovereign and independent state. It has a full territorial integrity. It establishes normal relations with other countries as an equal and international entity. It will be this way in all relations with the Republic of Serbia, too.

As two neighboring countries, we have to normalize relations between our countries by establishing diplomatic relations. In relations between two countries, there is normally a dialogue on all issues of interest for both of the countries, expressed by signing of bilateral international agreements. By political dialogue, I underline the will and readiness expressed by the two countries to solve and reach an agreement on any issue.

RFE/RL: Does Pristina have a plan or a strategy on these talks with Belgrade?

No. It doesn’t need to have a plan, nor a strategy. As you know, for the Republic of Kosovo, its strategy was defined by the Independence Act. The concrete steps would be institutional measures, including the program of the Kosovar government, the work by the Kosovar Parliament. To put it simply, [it would be] the full implementation of Kosovo’s Constitution and its laws.

RFE/RL: The most difficult issue to talk about would be the northern part of Kosovo. There are many options for it, including a special status or autonomy. How ready is Pristina to enter these talks with Belgrade on this particular issue, keeping in mind the requests for a special status for this part of the country?

Our state, the Republic of Kosovo, will never negotiate with anyone over any part of our territory, for our sovereignty. There will be an internal dialogue with our citizens and their legitimate representatives. There will be a dialogue with Serb citizens living in three municipalities in the northern part of our territory, as there is a dialogue with our other citizens, living in other municipalities, including those inhabited by a Serb majority. But there is no external dialogue and there will be no such dialogue for internal issues of the Republic of Kosovo.

RFE/RL: Can a solution be imposed on the north, since neither of the sides is ready to give up their stances?

No. There is no one to impose [this] since each solution has to be found willingly and should be implemented. In any case, it is necessary to include the preparedness of Kosovo's institutions and the free will of the citizens living under certain conditions. These two processes are inseparable.

RFE/RL: Kosovo and Serbia aspire to EU membership, but it seems like, for now, they’re both obstructing each other on this path by not normalizing their relations. Is the EU a place to achieve such a normalization?

No. I think that we should solve all the issues before we enter the EU. We should demonstrate that we're willing to fulfill all the standards and norms before we become EU members. For the Republic of Kosovo, as well as for the Republic of Serbia, the path toward EU integration would be much easier if both countries help each other and if they set a good example by building neighborly relations.

RFE/RL: We’re approaching the day when the supervised independence of Kosovo will end. What are the remaining challenges?

These are normal challenges facing any free and independent country -- an equality with all other states in the international arena, a country which is at peace and stable and which is ready to take up its obligations and responsibilities.
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Comment Sorting
by: Ric Euteneuer from: Stevenage
August 27, 2012 21:10
So, the Kosovar president says she will not negotiate with Serbia, only 'normalise' relations and 'conduct dialogue'. There will be "dialogue with Serb citizens living in three municipalities in the northern part of our territory" - about what ? There's no wish for dialog in Mitrovica now, why should it change without a shift in attitude from the Kosovar government AND the Serbian government?

Additionally "But there is no external dialogue and there will be no such dialogue for internal issues of the Republic of Kosovo" - so presumably the Kosovar government regards the Albanian population living in the Presevo Valley as an 'internal Serbian issue' as well, that they will have no view or dialogue with Serbia on ?

Good luck in negotiating with President Nikolic by the wat, then, I can see us no further forward in 5 years, to be honest

by: Anonymous
August 27, 2012 21:22
Your ... "Sovereignty" is fruit of negotiate !

by: Darren from: Canada
August 28, 2012 03:23
Wise words from a wise woman. Compare it with the chauvinistic, racist, colonialist crap coming from leading Serb politicians.
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by: Ric Euteneuer from: Stevenage
August 28, 2012 19:49
I think you can find chauvinistic, racist crap from the other side as well, sadly - you don't even have to look that far.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
August 28, 2012 14:13
'We Will Never Negotiate For Our Sovereignty'. Of course, you won't - there is nothing to negotiate with the Albanian mafia. Just look at what's happening to your friends in Syria and and this will give you an approximate idea of how the Kosovo conflict will be solved.

by: Steve from: Pittsburgh PA
August 28, 2012 22:06
The problem between Kosovo and Serbia is that Kosovo sits on Serbian land. Look at world maps from 1999 and before and you will see Kosovo located in Serbia. The Serbs were never offered payment nor any physical compensation for the land. And over 150 Serbian churches, monasteries, and shrines in Kosovo lie in ruins from ethnic Albanian attacks from 1990's, and early 2000's. For Kosovo to have true legimacy, the land issue, as well as the Christian worship buildings issue, with Serbia would have be resolved, to the satisfaction to the people of Serbia as well as to the satisfaction with the people of Kosovo, instead of always being ignored. Why can't the Serbs be allowed to keep their land and holy buildings of worship in Kosovo and rebuild destroyed holy buildings in Kosovo and be ruled by a neutral, world body government which also gives Albanian Kosovars ownership of Albanian Kosovar land;- render unto the Serbs that which is Serbian in Kosovo and render unto the Albanians that which is ethnic Albanian in Kosovo?
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by: Ariana from: "Paid" land
August 29, 2012 08:11
Don't you think that the victims of ethnic cleansing are enough of a "payment"? Come on guys, read some history before 1999 or browse Google for pictures of unprecedented massacres. The troubles in Kosovo started well before 1999.

by: vn from: Belgrade
August 29, 2012 13:43
"... Frasheri brought with him Mustafa Merlika-Kruja, the former fascist premier of Greater Albania from 1941 to 1943 who advocated the genocide of the Kosovo Serbs, Hasan Dosti, a Justice Minister in the fascist regime, and Kosovar Muslim Xhafer Deva, who had been instrumental in the creation of the Nazi Skanderbeg SS Division that systematically murdered Kosovo Serbs and which had rounded up Kosovo Jews who were subsequently murdered in the gas ovens at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The Kosovar Deva was directly responsible for the deportation of the Jews and their subsequent deaths. These former Albanian Nazis and fascists established the CIA-financed National Committee for a Free Albania. Among other things, this group recruited Albanian refugees who were sent on failed infiltration missions in Albania. The British double agent Kim Philby oversaw Operation Valuable/Fiend and kept the Soviets and the Hoxha regime apprised of the clandestine operations. Many of these Albanian recruits were captured and tried as spies and imprisoned or executed by the Communist Enver Hoxha regime.
One person’s war criminal is another person’s freedom fighter. This is clearly exemplified by ... "

If interested, you can read more in the article "The CIA and Greater Albania: The Origins of the US Role in the Balkans", www.serbianna.com.
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by: kosovar from: usa
September 10, 2012 17:19
lol www.serbianna.com, propaganda much? worry about vojvodina and forget about my free Albanian Kosova. have fun now, be angry more

by: Steve P from: Pittsburgh PA USA
August 30, 2012 19:17
In a way, the situation between Kosovo and Serbia reminds me of a history lesson between Hong Kong and Great Britain. The British did a great deal to modernize, commercialize, and touristize Hong Kong, but the British knew Hong Kong was not their land; that Hong Kong belongs to China. So, the British government and the Chinese government signed a 99 year lease inwhich the British would establish themselves under reasonable acceptance within Hong Kong. The British could not do anything they wanted to do in Hong Kong, but reasonable, harmless activity that was acceptable by the Chinese government. British people in Hong Kong would buy or sell Hong Kong land, but the real land owner; land controller of Hong Kong land was, and of course, still is, the government of China. On July 1, 1997 the 99 year lease expired. China actually waited 99 long years and adhered to the treaty. The British wanted to renew, but China did not want to renew so China did not renew. Hong Kong reverted back to being a part of The People's Republic of China. And, the Chinese Communist government pledged to honor Hong Kong's Capitalist system for 50 years after the treaty expiration (July 1, 2047).

by: William from: Aragon
August 30, 2012 23:08
Tomorrow, or one hundred years from tomorrow, the tiny countries in South West Europe will come together to form something bigger. There will be no more “Croatia" nor “Kosovo” nor "Serbia". There will be no more celebrations of battles long past, memorials for those long buried, and your sons and daughters will intermarry - they will have more pressing matters to attend to.

This tomorrow can begin just as soon as people living in the region stop listening to politicians that manipulate their populations for political purposes - they too can be a thing of the past
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by: Darren from: Canada
September 11, 2012 03:20
William and Steve, you mean well, but I don't think you fully understand the situation in Kosovo. First, I draw your attention to what Pres. Obama said today: "Kosovo has made significant progress in solidifying the gains of independence and in building the institutions of a modern, multiethnic, inclusive and democratic state".

Now, would you rather listen to some Serbian communist propagandists here instead of your President? I'll make an analogy to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Kosovo Albanians win both narratives; the Israeli narrative of historical precedence and being more civilized, and the Palestinian narrative of living there for hundreds of years. So, Serbian claims to Kosovo are absolutely worthless!
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by: rick from: Milan
September 11, 2012 12:19
Obama said what?!!?

"" Building the Institutions of a modern, multiethnic, inclusive and democratic state ""

BUT if Kosovo is the first European state

that thanks TO NATO is ethnically cleen !

The first European state to be created and maintained on the basis of a principle of mono-ethnicity !

do not abuse of our kindness !

ps: Kosovo Albanians dont win nothing , NATO do everything
and unfortunately
with help of my stupid italian government of ... ex communist
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by: Josh from: USA
September 11, 2012 22:53
More civilized? I guess killing people and selling their organs is the way of the future.

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