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Minister Pacolli: We will not allow division, avoidance of Ahtisaari Plan, and world confrontation into blocks for UN membership

Prishtina, 8 December 2017 - The process of our international integration, such as the integration in United Nations (UN) and in respective organizations, is moving into two strongly interconnected paths: the negotiations in Brussels and the mutual recognitions. It is that closely related that Serbia in order to increase the value of bargaining chip in the Brussels negotiations on the tenth anniversary of our independence invests in the so-called revocation of recognitions (the case of Suriname and Guinea Bissau). I believe that after receiving our recognition from Madagascar, they have become a bit ridiculous and have withdrawn.

 This was the statement of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli at Forum 2015 titled: lack of engagement, observation of the policy spectrum of European Union member states vis-à-vis Kosovo.

"Now, I think, we must focus on strengthening our position in the Brussels negotiations (internal political stability, international expertise, etc.), by not allowing: a) division of Kosovo, b) avoidance of Ahtisaari Plan, nor c) confrontation of the world in blocks regarding the issue of Kosovo's membership in UN...", said Minister Pacolli.

Following his presentation, he assessed that "the establishment of the state and state building is not a process that takes place every day or every year in our globe".

"Kosovo should have a history of international success: liberated from NATO intervention, with Western and European Union assistance in state-building, economic recovery, with wonderful youth, with natural resources, at the centre of Europe, and it should by now already be affiliated", said Minister Pacolli, adding that there was a lack of vision in policy design. "You have identified the lack of engagement as a reason for this delay in our international integration. I would add the lack of vision, namely the long-term policy design towards Kosovo, which, in the case of a group of states, the situation deteriorated by finding a common denominator between them. Some of them have harmed themselves when they have internalized the case of Kosovo, in an effort to block internal development with dissociative character", said the Minister.

Further, Minister Pacolli mentioned the arguments why Kosovo is a sui generis, while emphasized that the report compiled by this Forum should also include lobbying contributions.

"I'm sorry, that your report does include the great lobbying work conducted regarding other non-European states, which has given tremendous results. Perhaps why this task, where I as a chairman of a party often in opposition or as an entrepreneur with an international profile, conduct the same role. There has been no publicity because it is often not supported by the responsible institutions. I know that recognitions are a very expensive sport. It is unaffordable for small countries as ours. Being a high-level international entrepreneur has made my work easier - I am known globally, but It has also simplified the issue of spending to the detriment of the family, but Kosovo has won. I reached places where the great powers could not succeed, why, their investment has brought greater resistance, or greater bargaining in certain states: forgive the debts of 50 years, or reward us, etc.", said Minister Pacolli.

During his speech to the attendees, Minister Pacolli presented his strong features on lobbying issues, which have made his work successful, by presenting concrete examples and his experiences in this direction.

"Look, I'm not a professional diplomat, but that does not mean I have not achieved success," he said.

Following Minister Pacolli mentioned as a good example the British diplomacy model and diplomats who adapt according to the social and political model of the country where they work, respectively conditions of the country.

"British diplomacy is sophisticated and is built on the psychology of the country where it operates. My advisers brought me the example of the failure of Camp David's peace talks in the US between Israel and Palestine in the year 2000.

Why did they fail? Because that model of solution that looked good to the diplomats in their offices did not resemble for both sides in the conflict, did not respect their psychological sensitivities", said Pacolli.

At the end of his speech, he gave a special emphasis on the kind of diplomacy that he is practicing, especially on the African continent.

"For example, do you know, that currently in Prishtina, come many delegations from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, etc.? I am trying to strengthen the economic relations between the two countries. Nigeria is a very large country in Africa, which offers tremendous opportunities for some of our entrepreneurs. Africa today is the continent of the future of the world economy. That's why there are always journeys, of big global entrepreneurs.

And I did not see lobbying simply as providing recognition. Many of those who read news on lobbying, think lobbying is simply taking a trophy - verbal note and that’s it. This is short-sighted. Tomorrow, a country that has given you a verbal note, and you have not got any other contact, can also not vote for membership in the UN", stated Minister Pacolli, adding that his engagement goes beyond this.

"I'm doing something very great in my lobbying. I'm doing what a scholar has called it "nation branding." I am creating a Kosovo brand in the world. Could anyone have imagined that Kosovo, its entrepreneurs, its young people could establish a certain business relationship with an African country? This is what I did in Nigeria a few years ago, and I took a lot of ridiculous criticism within Kosovo. From strengthening of economic relations, or in other areas - even tomorrow, is secured the vote for in UN", concluded Minister Pacolli.

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