Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, in an interview with the BBC, was asked on the idea on exchange of territory between Kosovo and Serbia. Haradinaj says he is “fully against” ceding territory to Serbia, reminding that exchange of territory was the main reason for bloody wars in Balkans.
There have been proposals for Kosovo to cede territory in the north, where many Kosovan Serbs live. But Haradinaj told BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur he was “fully against changing borders, mixing territories because that’s why tragedies happen”. Haradinaj is confident that peace with Serbia is doable by not negotiating exchange of territory.
“Peace is because of people, and not because of land or territory,” Haradinaj told BBC. When asked by BBC journalists, whether he is ready to give land to Serbia in exchange for peace, Haradinaj said: “Territory was the main cause of many tragedies, there were wars in Balkans. I do not support another war in the region,” said Haradinaj.
According to Haradinaj because of the territories Kosovo experienced a war when Albanians were victims.
“The entire world tried to stop what was happening back then and I am so against the agreements on borders, change of borders, exchange of territory, because these were reasons which lead to tragedies,” Haradinaj said referring to Kosovo war in 199-99 which lead to NATO campaign against Serbian forces.
“I am interested to sit at the same table with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and finish what needs to be finished between Kosovo and Serbia – and this is recognition of our country,” said Haradinaj. He believes opening such a topic will have a never-ending history, and insisted this issue to never be mentioned as a solution.
Reportedly the exchange of territories between Kosovo and Serbia was part of talks between Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, which is being supported by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Greece Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias. In fact the plan includes partition of Kosovo and uniting of northern part of Kosovo to Serbian territory.