Mustafa v. Kurt: Take the tax away, reciprocity without consulting America
The leader of the LDK, Isa Mustafa, in a long Facebook post wrote about the tax and the measure of reciprocity.
He says the tax could be lifted but not reciprocity imposed without consulting America.
Here’s the full post:
The US and EU are urging the start of a new process of dialogue on the Final Agreement with Serbia. And as a condition of this, urgent lifting of tariffs on goods coming from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the Governance Program harmonized with the Self-Determination Movement we are oriented towards tariff lifting and implementation of reciprocal measures with Serbia, for which the modalities of reciprocity and sequence of steps are not specified.
In the current realpolitik situation it is essential to maintain and cultivate partnerships with the US and to appreciate their leading role in this process. I am very convinced that only the US can conclude the Final Agreement with Serbia. Moreover, when President Trump’s special envoy, Richard Grenell, said the United States did not foresee an exchange of territory. This also makes the tariff an unimportant instrument of preventing dialogue on the territory.
The role of the EU in this process and of the High Representative, Mr. Borrell. To the extent that the right expectation of Kosovo’s citizens to be treated by the EU as European citizens should be assessed and that the barriers to free movement through visa liberalization will be removed as a result of this process. The EU and certain states must remove prejudice against Kosovo, because isolation is an extreme EU tariff on Kosovo’s citizens.
At present, it is clear that the process of dialogue is giving dynamics and power to the United States in the powerful personality of Ambassador Grenell.
Kosovo, to my conviction, needs to use this situation to conclude dialogue with Serbia. The US has been the leader of Kosovo’s independence. The US can be effective leaders in ending the problems we have with Serbia and in a policy of economic revival of Kosovo.
In short, no fees and no reciprocity are measured by the weight of the partnership, especially with the US but also with the EU.
For these reasons, I appreciate that:
Kosovo should abolish the tariff, in good faith with the US and EU;
Kosovo must inform our partners of all economic, trade and political obstacles that Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina must remove in the coming period so that mutual barriers are zero;
EU countries should abolish “isolation fee” of Kosovo citizens ”
If Serbia, at the time we co-ordinate with our partners, does not avoid obstacles, then Kosovo should activate reciprocity measures.
The result we should aim for is mutual recognition, which ultimately solves the problems of economic and trade co-operation with Serbia and creates a safe and positive environment for foreign investment, employment and economic prosperity.
I consider that working closely with VV, as coalition partners, and helping us to take on shared responsibilities to manage this process by becoming this timely solution government will help us.
The opposition has always called for a strong US role and EU efficiency. On the horizon is both.
It is worth to come together and make a choice for Kosovo! IM