Kosovo's candidate for Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has denounced the European Union's decision to postpone negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia.
In an exclusive interview for the prestigious British media outlet "The Guardian", the head of the “Vetëvendosje” Movement says European leaders have forgotten about the importance of the Balkans and the lessons learned from the two world wars.
“You cannot say first we need internal reform in the EU and then external enlargement – they go hand in hand.
“Europe is such an important historical project that no one man can be its author, director or leader. We have always seen that when the outgoing EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there would be no further expansion in the next five years, the situation in the Balkans got much worse,” said Kurti.
The head of the Kosovo Nationalist Movement also spoke about talks with their LDK ally on establishing the government.
He said that the top priority for the next four years will be jobs and the liberation of justice from corruption, not necessarily the deal with Serbia.
“Serbia should face its own past, instead of looking at Kosovo and Albania through military binoculars. Serbia needs some introspection.
“If the Serbs want to start dialogue, they should explicitly stop the slander about our right to statehood,” said Kurti.
Kurti said he was totally opposed to land swaps with Serbia, an idea pursued this year by Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and agreed to by Hashim Thaçi, the President of Kosovo.
“Whatever new border you form, there will still be Serbs or Albanians on either side. How can we pretend this could be done peacefully?” explained Kurti.