They went to get 200 million, the Association succeeded
Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani did not miss the opportunity to participate in the ceremony in Washington, where Kosovo would be given over 200 million dollars. Then it turned out that they had also arranged the meeting with the American Secretary of State, the full content of which, even to this day, they themselves did not reveal. On Friday, it seems that Americans ran out of patience. The emissary Gabriel Escobar revealed that Blinken has asked Kurti and Osmani, for Kosovo to accept the discussions on the creation of the Association – which is one of the reasons that the President and Prime Minister are in power.
It can be said that Albin Kurti achieved his rhetorical brilliance in the political scene by opposing the Association of Municipalities with a Serbian Majority, to which he gave the name Zajednica, pronouncing it resoundingly in each case when he rejected it.
He had used it to mobilize the masses and to reveal it in all the interviews he gave in his battle with the Governments, which were sometimes led by Thaçi, Mustafa and Haradinaj.
Kurti continued to have a strong reason to oppose this topic. He knows by heart the verdict of the Constitutional Court which had tested the constitutionality of the agreement in 2015, often mentioning that it “found that 23 articles of the constitution are being violated by it and each of the seven chapters of the Association are not in accordance with the constitution”.
A few months ago, Kurti also talked about Vjosa Osmani and Glauk Konjufca as figures who had opposed this agreement.
“Today you have at the head of the institutions the people who in 2013 were against that agreement, while today those three people, Vjosa Osmani, Glauk Konjufca and Albin Kurti, on February 14, 2021, achieved a plebiscite victory,” said Kurti.
Now, when the Kurti 2 Government has been in government for 1 and a half years, topics of this type are not very interesting.
He reacts not without nervousness when journalists remind him in the form of an international request.
About 10 days ago when they met with Secretary Blinken, after arriving in Kosovo in a conference with journalists, Kurti and Osmani effectively hid the subject of the Association. She said that neither the Open Balkans nor the issue of the Deçan Monastery have been discussed, more precisely
“The Open Balkans has not been mentioned,” Osmani had said.
While Kurti had completed it.
“80% of the time volume has to do with Kosovo-USA bilateral relations and the international context. The US fully recognizes it as it has declared itself – an independent, sovereign and democratic state. For the USA, Kosovo is a normal country. What we accept is that relations with Serbia are not normal”, added Kurti, indicating that the emphasis of the meeting was on the Kosovo-USA partnership.
In the last few days, when Kosovo-Serbia relations were strained in the North due to the Government’s decision on reciprocity, Vucic’s man Petar Pekovic gathered the Serbian representatives in Raska to demand the creation of the Association.
The request for the Association was made yesterday by the European Union. It was repeated by the Vice-President of the European Commission and the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borell, in an answer he sent to the MEPs.
“Both parties, Kosovo and Serbia, agreed on the establishment of the Association/Community of Municipalities with a Serbian Majority in the Brussels Agreement of 2013. The agreement was ratified by the parliament of Kosovo and Kosovo must fulfill its legal obligation and implement it without delay. “Both parties must fulfill all their international legal obligations and implement the signed agreements,” he said.
The Europeans, through the emissary Miroslav Lajcak, have assured the Kosovar side that the Association will not be a Republika Srpska.
This is more or less what the American envoy for the Balkans and for the Kosovo-Serbia talks guaranteed, who, seeing that Kurti and Osmani are not disclosing the American request, published it himself.
“The secretary [amerikan i Shtetit, Antony]Blinken u tha presidents [Vjosa Osmani] AND [Albin Kurti] to the Prime Minister of Kosovo when they were in the USA, we should start the discussion about the Association”.
Then he pronounced the American guarantee that this Association will not be.
“We have been clear that the parties agreed earlier on the Association, so it should be discussed. However, the Association should not interfere, should not contradict the Constitution of Kosovo, should not create problems in the functionality of Kosovo and should not be a state within a state”, he declared.