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Serbia has invested over six billion euros in paramilitary structures

New York 1 September 2011 (Kosovapress) - Once we reach the critical number of states that have recognized the independence of Kosovo, it will be a duty of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo to come up with a strategy on how to approach our membership in the UN and other relevant international institutions, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, in an interview for Kosovapress.

Kosovapress: Mr. Minister, how did the Security Council debate go? It did not seem to be a hot debate?

Hoxhaj: I think the meeting of the Security Council was quite important and I presented the developments in the Republic of Kosovo related to the consolidation of the internal and external statehood, economic and social development and integration of minorities. Of course that my key focus was to explain the decision of the Government to apply reciprocity measures following the failure of the meeting of 21 July in Brussels. I informed the UN Security Council members that the decision to send Kosovo Police forces in the north of the country to return custom officers there is in line with the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo and I primarily asked in my address for the dissolution of parallel structures that have been operating within the territory of the Republic of Kosovo for 12 years now and Serbia has invested more than six billion Euros in these paramilitary structures, namely in security, police and intelligence structures. The times are over when one state tried to exercise some kind of control within the territory of another state.   

I think that the majority of the Security Council members understand the determination of the Government of Kosovo to extend its sovereignty and promote the rule of law throughout its entire territory and be firm in fighting organized crime in the north. Meanwhile, several Security Council members publicly invited Serbia to dissolve its parallel structures in Kosovo. 

Kosovapress: Except Jeremic, who was a bit aggressive in his address and who was not supported by the members present, many ambassadors changed their stances and were milder with you, while an Ambassador even called you ‘prime minister’ Hoxha, I could notice that even the representatives of the countries that have not recognized Kosovo were not ‘spiteful’ in their addresses. Is this a result of the Kosovo diplomacy? 

Hoxhaj: Above all it is a result of the fact that the Republic of Kosovo is an irreversible reality, with new recognitions coming every week and integration in regional and international relevant organizations, and its sovereignty in the international arena is an irreversible and acceptable fact that no one can deny. At the same time, the citizens, the Government of Kosovo and its foreign policy have made efforts to push forward through a mature political approach the representation agenda of Kosovo, its promotion without following a discourse of hatred like some others are pursuing, and without creating tensions in international meetings or visits, while at the same time making maximal efforts to inform all the participants on the progress made by the Republic of Kosovo. 

What has been achieved in Kosovo over the last three years after the declaration of independence, in terms of institution building, a functioning state, integration of minorities, our representation and integration and more recognition from every corner in the world, is actually making certain states who at certain moments state publicly that they are against the independence of Kosovo in a way show understanding for the existence of the state of Kosovo

Kosovapress: You had a meeting with the head of the UN Security Council. Can you tell us what was discussed in that meeting? 

Hoxhaj: During the meeting I had with the Ambassador of India, who is the presiding head of the Security Council, I briefed him on the recent developments and also on the determination of the Government of Kosovo to extend its full authority and to apply the rule of law throughout the country. Since India has not yet recognized the independence of Kosovo, I asked the president of the Security Council that India recognizes Kosovo. 

I informed him that the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo has already a global geography from all around the world and from very important countries and since India plays an important role, the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo by India would allow India, after its membership in the United Nations, to have a small partner country in the European Union, be it for commercial, trade or educational cooperation.

I think that he showed understanding to be informed about the developments in the Republic of Kosovo and to see that its statehood with the number of recognitions growing is an unstoppable process.

Kosovapress: What is your agenda for this week? 

Hoxhaj: From New York I will go to France where I will meet with the Foreign Minister. This meeting will be of work character. And afterwards I will visit another three European countries where I will meet with foreign ministers. 

We are working on ensuring an active foreign policy in the European Union member states and also to represent Kosovo around the world, because we are a new country and we need to have our interests represented throughout the world 

Kosovapress: Do you expect Kosovo to become UN member next year? 

Hoxhaj: It is too early to say when Kosovo will be able to join the UN, but surely our objective is to use all our energy in increasing the number of recognitions. UN membership is our main destination and I am sure that Kosovo will be on the focus of the UN next year if the process of recognitions will have a positive development and if we get more recognitions in the next few months. 

Once we reach the critical number of states that have recognized the independence of Kosovo, it will be a duty of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo to come up with a strategy on how to approach our membership in the UN and other relevant international institutions.

Interviewer: Qazim Doda

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