“You need patience” – Pristina and Belgrade: Sobotka on delicate terrain


On the first day of his three-day trip to the Western Balkans, the President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, met senior representatives of the Republic of Kosovo in Pristina on Monday. In the talks with Parliament Speaker Glauk Konjufca and Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Sobotka stressed that there is no alternative to dialogue regarding relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

Sobotka travels to the Western Balkans as a parliamentary ambassador. His first stop was Kosovo. Austria is an important player in the country of 1.8 million inhabitants.

Austria fourth largest investor in Kosovo
And that in many ways: the army has been involved in the peacekeeping mission in the country for 24 years, Austria is the fourth largest investor and supports the young state on its way to the European community.

However, this path is bumpy. The conflict with Serbia is far from settled and there is currently no prospect of a solution. This can be felt after the talks with Kosovo’s parliamentary chairman Glauk Konjufca: Serbia does not want to recognize Kosovo’s independence and is striving for a ‘state within a state’ in the north, where many Serbs live.

Sobotka believes in solutions through dialogue
The population of Serbian origin had boycotted the elections there. Sobotka believes in a solution through dialogue. “But you need patience. Some things will not happen at the speed people would like,” explained Sobotka. And he announced that he will take over the criticism from Kosovo during his visit to Belgrade on Wednesday.

Sobotka will be in Montenegro on Tuesday for further high-level talks.

Source: Krone


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