Vucic: I believe in future friendship between Albanians and Serbs. Rama: Kosovo, one more reason to talk

19:14 02/04/2023

Prime Minister Edi Rama, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski met in Italy, where the wine fair also takes place, where they discussed the progress of the “Open Balkans”.

Asked by journalists about the relationship between Kosovo and Serbia, the Serbian President stated that he is working to avoid political load and any kind of collision.

He emphasized that he believes in the future friendship between Albanians and Serbs.

Aleksandar Vucic: What should we do? Should we fight more? Shall we fight more? Have more clashes? Shall we make another Ukraine or what? Because I see that there are many people in Serbia who would like to see a big clash. What do you expect from us? If you expect us to make this political burden even bigger, even heavier for all Serbian citizens or Albanian citizens, I will do my best to avoid it. I believe Eddie is doing the same. This is what responsible and serious people do. It is easy to score political points by referring to Prime Minister Rama today and saying that he behaved like a hero, he said it all. We know our differences and can live with them. We live with them because our citizens must live and must connect with each other. I believe in the future friendship of Albanian and Serbian citizens and I think even today that the relations between our two peoples are better than they were.

Likewise, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared that dialogue is the only way to solve problems, as he emphasized that Kosovo is one more reason to talk.

Prime Minister Edi Rama: Let me take you back to the times when we didn’t speak to each other. Was it better that way? And if we had continued not to speak to each other, if we had continued to stand on the barricades of the past, we could have been in a very bad position today, all of us with all the crises that have unfolded only on the borders of Europe. But we are not like that. We have a big disagreement, or let’s say it’s not a disagreement honestly, but a rather big distance, when it comes to what you call Kosovo and Metohia, and what I call Kosovo. But is that a reason not to speak up? Or is it a reason to talk more. I think that’s a reason to talk more. Even the normalization process is in a different position today. The dialogue is in a different position today. I think the credit goes to the citizens of this region and the need not to lead people to the brink of another abyss.