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IBNA Interview: “Reconciliation between Balkan countries will happen”

IBNA Interview: “Reconciliation between Balkan countries will happen”
Renowned analyst and politolog of Kosovo, Nexhemedin Spahiu, in an interview with Independent Balkan News Agency

Interviewed by Elton Tota

In an interview given for IBNA, the prominent analyst from Kosovo, Nexhmedin Spahiu talks about the latest developments in Kosovo, the fate of the north of Kosovo and division between Albanians and Serbs. Being an expert of the situation in Mitrovica, Spahiu also offers his insights over the process of negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade in Brussels, reconciliation in the future between the people of the Balkan and Kosovo’s journey toward Euro Atlantic integration. Spahiu explains why “the North of Kosovo is part of Kosovo, but a part which has set a trap for the state of Kosovo in many dimensions”.

Nexhmedin Spahiu is general director of the Radiotelevision of Mitrovica and professor of “Policies of Balkan countries” at the University of Pristina. He’s known to be one of the most prominent analysts in Kosovo. Spahiu is also a lecturer in several universities in the Balkan. He has a degree on law and a PHD from the University of Zagreb in mathematics. He has also attended political studies at the University of Southeast and Central Europe in Budapest.

IBNA: How do you consider the process of talks between Kosovo and Serbia? What are the negative and positive sides of the talks between prime minister Thaci and his Serb counterpart, Ivica Dacic?

Spahiu: The process of talks has been unavoidable and necessary. The positive aspect consist on the relaxation of relations between institutions of Kosovo and the state of Serbia, while the negative aspect consists on the fact that through this process, Serbia has managed to move forward with its agenda to divide Kosovo into two entities, like it has done with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IBNA: Can the reconciliation of the Balkan countries take place in the near future, given that this is also been requested by Brussels in order to have better neighboring relations in the region?

Spahiu: Yes, of course this will happen, but it’s difficult to say how long it will take, because we cannot predict the speed of technical, technological and social developments. For Kosovo, 2008 is what was 1991 for Macedonia or 1789 for France. But this doesn’t mean that Kosovo wants to aims to achieve what France has achieved after 220 years, because the speed of technical, technological and social developments of the 21st century is much greater than the 19th century. But, the reconciliation of the Balkan nations will happen, like it was the case with the reconciliation between French and Germans.

IBNA: How is Kosovo moving forward in the Euro Atlantic integration process? Will this be a long journey for the new state?

Spahiu: Yes, Kosovo is in the process of consolidation as an independent state and is behind on this process. What is crystal clear is that Kosovo aims integration, although it often diverted from its path.

IBNA: Is the political arena of Kosovo expected to change with the arrival of a new political party which will be led by Jakup Krasniqi?

Spahiu: Of course. This party will contribute to get PDK off power. We are expecting to see the developments in this new political subject which will have in its ranks many members of the party in power.

IBNA: Bosnia and Herzegovina saw unrest and protests against the government and current political class. Is the same thing expected to happen in Kosovo or in neighboring Skopje?

Spahiu: It is possible, but in Kosovo, this may take place after the elections and this will happen if the elections are rigged as usual.

IBNA: What is going to be the fate of the north of Kosovo?

Spahiu: The north of Kosovo is part of Kosovo, but it’s a part which has set a trap for the state of Kosovo in many dimensions. Belgrade follows a strategy which aims a Serb republic in Kosovo and this is well clear now. Most of this strategy has been implemented. /ibna/

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