White House Agreement Kosovo Serbia

December 21, 2020 at 10:19 am

The good book says that peacemakers are happy. And, Mr President, I am thinking of the American people, the Serbian people, the people of Kosovo, who know that there are three peacemakers. And we – we have taken an important step in this economic agreement towards a lasting peace in the Balkans. And I would like to congratulate them and I would like to congratulate you, Mr President, on your leadership which has brought us to this historic day. Together, we are committed to improving people`s lives and creating new jobs in the region. And we totally believe in your administration. We share the same values as freedom, democracy, an open market economy. We are therefore looking forward to starting this agreement as soon as possible (inaudible). Serbia`s refusal to recognize Kosovo`s independence, which it unilaterally proclaimed in 2008, is at the heart of the dispute between the former enemies. Most Western nations, including the United States, have recognized Kosovo. Neither Russia nor China. Comments from Vucic and Hotis in Washington on this subject show that the road ahead is difficult.

Mr Hoti said he saw the economic agreement as a step towards recognition. “We see this as a big step towards a definitive solution, which is mutual recognition. I have stated publicly that this represents a great success for us in reaching an agreement with Serbia,” he told THE VOA. Kosovar media reported that the White House would present the conclusion of the economic agreement as a success that paves the way for a general agreement on normalization of relations, including mutual recognition. With regard to the above points, it is clear that what was signed on 4 September in the Oval Office is not a bilateral agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, but a mutual commitment on their part to serve Trump`s re-election in the November us presidential elections in the United States, as well as a commitment on their part to align with the foreign policy objectives of the United States. Indeed, after the glittering signing ceremony, Trump tweeted in the Oval Office: “Another great day for peace with the Middle East – Kosovo and Muslim-majority Israel have agreed to normalize relations and establish diplomatic relations. Well done! Other Islamic and Arab nations will follow soon!┬áNot only is this tweet bordering on ridiculous, but it has also angered the socialist opposition party Vete-Vendosja and other Islamophobic groups in Kosovo, who quickly denounced the fact that Kosovo was not an Islamic or Arab nation, but a strictly European and secular nation. Overall, what was signed on September 4 in the Oval Office was clearly intended to serve Trump`s re-election in the short term and did not reflect any long-term commitment from the White House to advance the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. The Trump administration hailed the agreement as “historic” and a “major breakthrough” – it`s in fact neither historic nor a breakthrough. The “deal” is based on erroneous logic and will not carry much water after the November elections, regardless of the results. If Washington is truly committed to promoting the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, it should cooperate closely with the EU and, as Edward Joseph, a foreign policy expert in the Balkans at Johns Hopkins, the four NATO and EU members who do not recognise Kosovo (Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) briefly points out. Such a move would pave the way for Kosovo`s accession to NATO (since Pristina`s accession to the UN is not possible because of the Chinese and Russian veto in the Security Council), would create a level playing field for the conduct of negotiations with Belgrade, as the current field is highly distorted in favour of the latter and would ultimately pave the way for a comprehensive political agreement between the two neighbours.