Edi Rama says he “respects” Aleksandar Vucic’s initiative to hold “an internal dialogue on Kosovo and thus directly and unconventionally face the past.”

In an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Blic, quoted by Beta on Tuesday, the Albanian prime also pointed out that solving the Kosovo issue was “in the interest of all, not only Albanians.”

“What is necessary at this stage is exactly what your president has started as an internal dialogue that, by the way, would not be insignificant if it happened in Kosovo and Albania, too,” Rama said.

Asked about the proposal by Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic “about the possibility of resolving the Kosovo problem by partition” – Rama said that “it would not be helpful to start there,” and added, “I could conclude that it is an unusual proposal.”

According to Rama, the solution to the Kosovo issue is “Serbia’s full recognition of the Republic of Kosovo.”

“But when I put myself in Aleksandar’s shoes,” continued Rama, “I am aware that it’s a lot easier said than done.”

For now, said he, “it is important for everyone to work together until a solution is found – patiently, directly and unconventionally.”

Rama also said that the relations between Serbia and Albania are now “better than ever before” – and that he was “very proud of that.”

Speaking of the possibility of improving economic cooperation between Serbia and Albania, Rama said that “things are improving on a daily basis and the two countries are on the right track, but much more needs to be done.”

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