Serbia Wants Relationship With Vlora Without Recognizing Kosovo

The Great Serbian diplomat says he wants an “informal relationship” with Kosovo Ambassador Vlora Çitaku, but without recognizing Kosovo as an independent state.

For Kosovo Ambassador Vlora Çitaku in Washington, I have this sincere political suggestion: Even if Serbian ambassador in Washington, Gjergj Matcovich sendsÇitaku or brings any gift for you, be careful, don’t receive it because it could be poisoned by Serbian-Russian diplomatic content. It means that Moscow and Belgrade politically and diplomatically are fighting to return Albanian Kosovo back under the colonial and genocidal rule of Serbia (1912-1999). This peril was confirmed by Serbia’s president Tomislav Nikolic who participated at the 26th African Union Summit 2016: “African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the rights of women,” held in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, (01/30/ -02/01/ 2016).

At this Summit, in his speech, among others, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, said : “That the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state has served as a model for those who have formed an Islamic state (ISIS). Serbia will never recognize Kosovo’s independence because the so-called state of Kosovo was created by terrorism … ” [b92]

Here Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic, without any valid arguments, blames Kosova and the United States and its European western allies (NATO) that together recognized Kosova as an independent state which Serbia still considers as its “legal territory.” According to its constitution of 2006, Serbia says “Kosovo is a province of Serbia.”

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Vlora Citaku, Kosovo Ambassador

Nonsensical Serbian Diplomacy And Politics

Serbian Ambassador Matkovic like his president Tomislav Nikolic, does not recognize Kosovo, but he wants to be “in touch” with Kosovo’s ambassador in Washington. Serbia’s ambassador in Washington Gjergj Matkovic said he has an “informal relationship with Kosovo’s envoy in Washington, Vlora Çitaku, but nothing official.” [Belgrade casts its lot with Brussels].

This is a Serbian diplomatic lie in Washington because the fact is that Vlora Çitaku isn’t a “Kosovo envoy,” but Kosovo’s Ambassador. However, ambassador Gjergj Matkovic should take into account the fact that anti-Albanian Serbian diplomacy, politics and propaganda can’t get away with historical and political lies because the truth will always come out that Kosovo has never been Serbian legal territory, but just illegal colonial plunder (1912-1999).

Hecan can say whatever he wants, but I don’t believe that Serbian ambassador Gjergj Matkovic has “an informal relationship” with Vlora Çitaku while he doesn’t recognize her as Kosovo’s Ambassador, but only as “an envoy” that means Matkovic doesn’t recognize the independent state of Kosovo as not recognize President Tomislav Nikoliq, Prime Minister Alexandar Vucic and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic of Republic of Serbia that still considers “Kosova as a legal part of Serbia” according to Serbia’s Constitution of 2006.

Having regard to that, come what may, Serbian politicians and diplomats like Gjergj Matkovic should be aware that Serbia has lost its colonial plunder – Kosova – back on 24 March 1999.

Therefore, it would be a benefit to Gjergj Matkovic’s “informal diplomacy” to drive something home about Kosova’s lesson, that it has never been a legal part of Serbia’s territory. Hereupon, it would be helpful for Serbia to recognize Kosovo as soon as possible in order to establish and normalize relationships with the independent, sovereign and democratic state of Kosovo.

This would be the real diplomacy and realpolitik of Serbia, not “informal individual contacts” anywhere, be it in Washington or Belgrade.

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