Rama on Serbia: Not suspension of relations but going back to square one

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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama told BHRT that the media reports on the suspension of relations between his country and Serbia are false.

Rama repeated that relations between Albania and Serbia will go back to square one if Belgrade fails to release the three Kosovo police officers arrested by the Serbian Police.

“We are not talking about breaking off of diplomatic relations here, but about these relations going back to square one,” Rama said, reported Bosnia and Herzegovina’s public service broadcaster (BHRT).

Earlier in the day some media released the information that Rama said that Albania has suspended all relations with Serbia pending the release of the three Kosovo police officers.

“Serbia is not de-escalating the situation in the north of Kosovo which is degrading on a daily basis,” said Rama.

The Albanian Prime Minister said that Serbia keeping the three Kosovo police officers imprisoned is unacceptable and unjustified.

„As long as the three Kosovo policemen are kept imprisoned in Serbia there is no possibility of progress in dialogue or concrete de-escalation without their return home. There can be no normalcy in relations between Albania and Serbia until Serbia releases three police officers who have not committed any crime… Keeping them in prison for days is unjustified and unacceptable,“ the Pristina media quoted Rama as saying.

Rama also said that he has sent a new letter to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz asking them to personally and concretely engage in overcoming the situation in the north of Kosovo and resuming the implementation of the Brussels agreement and the Ohrid annex.