Haradinaj: Mogherini has derailed dialogue, inflicted political trauma
Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj said yesterday at an event marking the third anniversary of the signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU that the High Representative Federica Mogherini has made the implementation of the European agenda difficult “for the fact she has derailed the dialogue into an exchange of territories.”
“Federica Mogherini has inflicted political trauma internally and in the region. Unfortunately, part of my energy and governance had to be put into opposing such an issue,” Haradinaj said.
Haradinaj has picked up on his accusations against EU officials and that his statements against Mogherini followed those of the head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, who reiterated calls for lifting of the import tariff on products from Serbia and Bosnia.
Yesterday, Kosovo prime minister also spoke about Kosovo’s European integration process saying Kosovo is not only geographically part of Europe but also shares the same political ideology with the EU. Haradinaj said however that the inability of citizens of Kosovo to travel freely to Europe is “an open wound” in Kosovo-EU relations. “Kosovo exports neither refugees nor crime. There is rule of law here, there are free media. We hope the Romanian Presidency shows understanding but if not, I believe liberalisation will happen during Finnish presidency of the EU,” Haradinaj said.