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Hoxhaj: Ideas of Tadiq against European values

Berlin, June 12 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, during his official visit at the Federal Republic of Germany gave an interview to the prestigious German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

Hoxhaj responded to the interest of journalist Michael Martens on key developments in and around Kosovo and especially in the relationships between the Republic of Kosovo and of Serbia.

Answering the journalist’s question on the statements from the Serbian President Boris Tadiq that the far goal of the Albanian politicians is the “Greater Albania”, Hoxhaj stated that such a statement has nothing to do with the reality.

“What he says opposes everything that symbolizes Europe. The creation of mono-ethnic states, moving borders, swapping territories, all of these are very dangerous. The borders of the Balkan remain. Kosovo is the last product following the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and this fact is now recognized by 76 UN member states” stated Hoxhaj.

Regarding the north of Kosovo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that under the leadership of former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaari, from 2005 through 2007 there were ongoing negotiations in Vienna which in essence were on how to best protect ethnic minorities in Kosovo. The results, or the Kosovar solutions on the integration of minorities, according to him, contain a model for the entire Balkan’s region.

“Regarding the northern Kosovo, that mostly pertains to the rule of law. Illegal parallel structures were established in this area since the institutions were administered by UNMIK and which are against our Constitution. The solution for the north is now known and that is the implementation of the Ahtisaari plan. Our Constitution should be implemented in this part of Kosovo, too, said Enver Hoxhaj.

With regard to the blockade that Serbia continues to apply to Kosovo’s membership in international organization, Minister Hoxhaj stressed that Serbia is attempting to isolate, to paralyze the development and damage the sovereignty of the state of Kosovo. 

“A short time ago the President of the State, Atifete Jahjaga, attended the Warsaw Summit where the U.S. President was also present, and also at the Italy anniversary celebrations in Rome, and Boris Tadiq cancelled his attendance exactly because of this. Such a conduct does not speak well for a politician who relies in the spirit of good neighboring relations”, said Minister Hoxha in the interview for “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”. 

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