Brussels, 20 March 2018 - Today in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli, gave a speech to 75 MEPs of the Committee on Foreign Policy, AFET, chaired by David McAllister and previously had a discussion with them.
The tour of meetings of Minister of Foreign Affairs Behgjet Pacolli in Brussels in European institutions and the bilateral meetings with institutions of Belgium, commenced with a speech and discussion at the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, that was chaired by David McAllister. "Kosovo expects at the end of discussions with Serbia, a Peace Contract where Serbia will accept our country as an indisputable reality", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pacolli. He requested the lifting of visa liberalization regime for Kosovo.
Minister Pacolli spoke in the main languages of the European Union, a fact that was praised as a sign of respect for MEPs and European citizens, by the chair of this committee, David McAllister.
"We know that you are an entrepreneur, and business similar to politics want to achieve results through negotiations, and by relying on serious and reliable interlocutors, therefore we want to talk to you", said McAllister, one of the most important German MEP, rapporteur for Serbia and the region within the European Parliament.
Minister Pacolli, among others, had a few words directed to Spain in Spanish language. He talked in Spanish language, and referred to the allusions that relate Kosovo's independence with Catalonia, and stated that Kosovo's independence is a process based on the internal developments of the late 20th century, when Kosovo was in the risk of survival, and the UN and NATO oversaw the independence and finally the International Court of Justice legitimized the declaration of independence. "The wheel of history cannot be pushed back," said Minister Pacolli.
All MEPs, together with David McAllister, clearly emphasized the European perspective of Kosovo by referring to today's vote by the Kosovo Assembly of the Law on the demarcation of the border with Montenegro.
McAllister said that "The Enlargement Strategy presented a few days ago considers Kosovo as part of the enlargement".
"You know that the European Parliament has always been in favour of visa liberalization for Kosovo, always", said another Slovakian MEP, Kukan, a friend of Kosovo, who is in favour of Kosovo's recognition from Slovakia.
"The voting today opens a window of possibilities for Kosovo, beginning with visa liberalization. Do not lose this opportunity", was the message of all MEPs, without exception.
Much of the speech of Mr. Pacolli focused on requests for removing obstacles to free movement of Kosovo citizens in the EU.
"The number of Kosovo citizens seeking asylum has dropped dramatically", said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, by comparing it with the countries that already have visa liberalization.
In his speech, Minister Pacolli also made an overview of recent developments in Kosovo regarding the economy, dialogue with Serbia, commencement of the work of Specialist Chambers, etc.
By referring to the latter, he said that "Specialist Chambers will lose the credibility if the beginning of their work is continuously postponed."
Regarding the dialogue with Serbia, Minister Pacolli said that "Kosovo expects this dialogue to have a deadline and at the end to have a binding agreement, a type of Peace Contract, where Serbia will accept the reality of Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state".
"We think that the economy can offer great opportunities for reconciliation between the two countries, so I have proposed the establishment of a Free Zone between the two countries, North Kosovo and the border municipality of Serbia, Rashka, which will result in well-being, tranquillity and reconciliation between the countries".
Minister Pacolli answered to the questions of Slovakian MEP, Kukan, Croatian MEP, Picula, Slovenian MEP, Soltes, Bulgarian MEP, Kuçuk, etc., regarding political and economic developments in Kosovo.
The Committee creates opinion and prepares reports within the European Parliament on visa liberalization and other processes of Kosovo towards the EU. The meetings of Kosovo's Chief Diplomat, Behgjet Pacolli, will continue. In this visit he is accompanied by the Deputy Minister, Rejhane Vuniqi, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kosovo in Belgium, Bernard Nikaj.