Albania’s Rama: Kosovo PM’s path does not lead to goal

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Commenting on Pristina’s accusations against European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said this is the kind of thing that “leaves people speechless” and causes damage instead of rectifying the situation, and noted that the path chosen by Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti is not one that leads to the goal.

In an interview with the Albanian ABC News, Rama said Pristina’s approach actually helps Serbia because it is becoming a victim in the eyes of the entire international community and Kosovo’s friends and partners, reported Kosovo Online.

“The reaction of Prime Minister Kurti from a few days ago was unprecedented. I don’t recall a similar case, one of a senior Kosovo official directly accusing an EU representative and saying he sent a letter of complaint to (German Chancellor Olaf) Scholz and (French President Emmanuel) Macron. These are things that leave you speechless and additionally harm what they are supposedly trying to rectify, because the conspiracy theories revealed about cooperation between Serbia and the EU special envoy are not something that is advisable to do,” said Rama.

He said he has no doubt that Kurti is trying to do what is best for Kosovo, but added that strong desire and good will are never enough, and that it takes strategic vision to achieve a goal, which Kurti fails to see.

Commenting on a remark that is somewhat of a paradox that Albania chairs the Security Council yet that it seems unable to influence Pristina, Rama said he does not want to exert influence on Pristina because it has a government elected by the people, and its responsibility is to lead Kosovo and chose the path to the goal.

“The point is that we think the path they have chosen does not lead to achieving this goal, but to collision with the US and EU. This is sad, but I believe it is temporary,” said Rama.

Asked if he thinks Serbia is benefiting from the current situation, he said it was sad that Pristina’s approach is helping Serbia instead of Kosovo, because paints the picture of Serbia as a victim.

“Serbia is playing a game, because Pristina’s short-sighted politics is handing it the opportunity,” said Rama.