Thaci: AFET considers border correction possible

Posted in 11 October 2018

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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said on Wednesday that the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) has adopted a draft resolution on Kosovo and other countries of the Western Balkans. In a Facebook post, Thaci said AFET considers possible the border correction between Kosovo and Serbia.

Thaci wrote: "I welcome and thank European MPs for yesterday's vote at the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and the support to the immediate visa liberalization and a final peace agreement between Kosovo and Serbia. The decision for visa liberalization for Kosovo's citizens is not only merited but was also unrightfully delayed. On the final phase of dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, I welcome the fact that AFET calls for a comprehensive and legally-binding agreement that will be accepted by all sides, that will safeguard the multiethnic characters of our countries and will not create borders along ethnic lines. Above all, AFET considers as possible the option of border correction between Kosovo and Serbia, as a compromise solution for the final agreement. This approach and the content of the draft resolution adopted by AFET yesterday, which is expected to be voted at the plenary session of the European Parliament, is identical with our approach and arguments for a final agreement. The draft resolution is proof that European MPs have realized what is the most possible and realistic option for a final agreement that will ensure Kosovo recognition by Serbia and membership of the EU, NATO and UN. I hope that this draft resolution will help everyone in Kosovo, namely the institutions and political parties, to understand which option can lead to a final agreement. The European Parliament is the only EU institution that treats Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state. Therefore, yesterday's vote at AFET is a strong support for a final agreement that will help overcome the current dangerous status quo which has deteriorating tendencies not only for Kosovo but the region too".