No Onesided Political Peaceful Compromise Between Belgrade and Pristina

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Serbia has several political options to successfully close the Brussels “historical dialog” (2011-2107) with the Albanian negotiation party, but Kosovo doesn’t have any to offer Serbia. This is the main reason the Kosovo Albanian leadership should immediately abandon talks. Otherwise, it is likely the end of the dialogue will be biased in favor of Serbia, with nothing positive for Kosovo.

If Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic wants to push Serbia into the European Union, it’s necessary to recognize the independent Republic of Kosovo. However, if such a thing happens by the Serbian government, for the Albanian negotiating party, the question will be: – what would Kosovo give to Serbia to achieve a final political compromise between the two parties within the Brussels Dialogue (2011-2017)?

This is a crucial political issue that Kosovo government must take into account before continuing the dialogue with Serbia’s official authorities. These talks are taking place in Brussels under EU mediation by European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini.

One option at the end of the Brussels dialogue is that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, could propose that Belgrade recognizes Kosovo, provided it accepts Serbia’s entry into the Union (federal or confederal).

What would the president and government of Kosovo say to that?

Only in this imaginative and speculative political case, could make it possible for Belgrade and Moscow to recognize Kosovo and admit Serbia. This is speculative because Russia, Serbia, China and their allies so far not recognized the Republic of Kosovo.

But if Belgrade really wants a political compromise with the Kosovo Albanians, there is a possibility this option would reconcile Russia with Western Europe and even with America. If it happens, it could be considered the most peaceful formula for both sides that were in conflict, and for the international community.

However, if it becomes a catastrophic thing for Kosovo depriving her of state attributes (territory, independence and sovereignty) the Kosovo government and parliament must adopt prompt legal decision to intercept the Brussels dialogue with Serbia. We must be watchful that there is no harmful political compromise that could “punish” independent Kosovo (2008-2017).

Many people believe the Brussels Dialogue will not result in Kosovo’s recognition by Serbia, nor from the United Nations.

However, as the media report, the former Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj in his interview with the Austrian Daily “Der Standard,” declared the opposite: “Dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia will end with mutual recognition and with Kosovo’s membership in the UN .”

According to this statement, the epilogue of the Brussels Dialogue (2011-2017) between Belgrade and Pristina negotiations party will be recognition of independent Kosovo by the Republic of Serbia.

Such a conclusion of the Brussels Dialogue in favor of recognizing Kosovo’s independence from Serbia and the United Nations could only happen if Belgrade and Moscow agreed.

Despite what former Kosovo Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj said, the Dialogue in Brussels (2011-2017) between the Serbian and Kosovo Albanian side on its protocol (with EU mediation) has no focus recognition of the Republic of Kosovo by Serbia, but foresees the achievement of a two-way political compromise.

As I asked earlier, to achieve recognition from Belgrade and Moscow, will Pristina offer harmful political concessions?

Mehdi Hyseni is an Albanian Ph.D. in International Political Relations, residing in Boston.