Citaku – US Will Continue to Support KosovoARCHIVE, INTERVIEW Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Vlora Citaku, ambassador of Kosovo at the United States during her appearance at the United Nations Security Council (UN photo)
By Erol Avdovic (WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York - Ambassador Vlora Citaku (Çitaku) is a young Kosovo politician (born 1980) currently serving as her country top diplomat in Washington D.C. From 2001 to 2014, Citaku served as Minister for European integration of the youngest European independent state the Republic of Kosovo which declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008.
Citaku relinquished her MP (Member of Parliament) seat in the Kosovo National Assembly upon taking the governmental position, which she won as one of the top three most voted candidates.
At the United Nations in New York she became known for her sharp and – Western diplomats say – accurate views that she delivers at ordinary quarterly UN Security Council session on Kosovo. This is a short interview with her (published also in Bosnian language at www.avaz.ba), after the last UN Security Council meeting on Kosovo, on February 27th.
At the meeting Citaku sharply opposed views of the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who is a Serbian nationalist and hard-liner politician. That is what Citaku talked to Webpublicapress, answering to our questions.
United States UN’s ambassador Nikki Haley recently delivered a strong message that Kosovo should become UN member, but it looks like Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic did not accept that message at all? After all, do you have additional message for him?
Unfortunately, what we hear from Serbian officials, and what we heard from the Serbian President on Monday is yet another proof that Serbia is living in a parallel universe, and in a state of denial. History can not be re-written, and realities can not be changed. Kosovo’s independence is a fact. And our independence has been recognized by the majority of the free nations of the world. I dare to hope, that sooner rather than latter, Serbia will stop day dreaming and accept this reality.
Wrong electoral platform
During the US presidential election Belgrade has expressed hopes that with new Trump administration in the White House things will be changed in Serbian favor? How come that they were so wrong?
It was naive to believe that the position of the USA visa-vis Kosovo would change. Sometimes politicians in the Balkans have a short memory. They forget that there has been a clear, bi-partisan support and policy in relation to Kosovo and the region. We have made our contacts with the new administration and we are encouraged by the unwavering support, as it was clearly and publicly stated by Secretary Mattis and Ambassador Haley.
What does Pristina expect during this pre-election period in Serbia and can you foresee real change in a positive direction?
Serbia is in a election mood, and whenever there are elections in Serbia, the tensions in the region rise. It is unfortunate that Serbian politician still use heavy rethorics and provocative actions as a platform for their elections. Serbia is a neighbor. Blessed or doomed, we will be living next to each other for the rest of our lives, hence, the sooner they accept Kosovo, the better it will be. They know very well that EU will not import more problems in the union, hence Kosovo and Serbia must normalize relations before joining the union. That means Serbia must fully recognize Kosovo.
Truth and reconciliation
In Sarajevo Bosniak politicians have appealed at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for revision of the verdict from 2007, in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina Vs. Serbia (and Monte Negro) for genocide and aggression (1992 – 1995). Any comment on this from the Kosovo prospective?
Our region needs peace and reconciliation. But, there can not be peace without truth and justice. Serbia must accept its historical responsibility. Just like Germany did after WW2. Unfortunately, Serbia has not reflected on its past. They haven’t gone through a process of denatification.
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