Who is "pushing" Kamberi and Ugljanin into dialogue, and why is Pristina financing their trips to the US?

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Source: Reporteri

Reciprocity. During the last year, it was one of the favorite "words" of Albin Kurti and his closest associates, as well as MP in the Serbian Parliament, Shaip Kamberi, and leader of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandzak, Sulejman Ugljanin, who, together with the Prime Minister of Kosovo, have tried in every way to bring the Albanians from Bujanovac, Medvedja, and Presevo into the EU-led dialogue, but also to open the Sandzak issue.

According to the most recent meeting in Brussels and after the publication of the European proposal discussed by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, the aforementioned effort was futile, and neither the EU high representatives nor the US even mentioned the possibility of including those issues in the dialogue.

However, this does not prevent Kamberi from making frequent trips to the United States, meeting and taking pictures with senators and members of Congress, so far without concrete results.

The Government of Kosovo allocated more than 39,000 US dollars for the most recent visit of Albanians from Bujanovac, Presevo, and Medvedja to the United States. The question arises as to why the Kosovo Government finances their trips and who is "pushing" the Albanians from southern Serbia into the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

Suzana Grubjesic from the Center for Foreign Policy points out for Kosovo Online that what Kamberi and Ugljanin are doing is classic politicking and collecting cheap points on a serious topic that is far beyond their competencies.

"I will always support the representatives of national minorities in their fight for the realization of the rights of their communities because this is the essence of every orderly democratic society and state in which minorities live. Unfortunately, that is not what they are doing. This is classic politicking and gaining cheap points on a serious subject that far exceeds their competencies. I also do not understand why the representatives of the Party of Democratic Action of Sandzak go to Pristina and not to Belgrade. The fact that they do not have a representative in the Government of the Republic of Serbia seems to be the reason for this behavior because when they did have one, I do not recall them drawing far-fetched parallels with the position of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. Minorities in Serbia are guaranteed both individual and collective rights in accordance with the highest European standards and the CoE Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, but it is clear that it is not about that, but about some personal reasons for provocation of Belgrade at such a sensitive time," Grubjesic says.

MP Danijela Vujacic for Kosovo Online says that it is obvious that Kamberi and Ugljanin are trying to take advantage of the current situation.

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"They should first and foremost respect the Serbian Constitution, and I am thinking specifically of Kamberi, who swore allegiance to the same Constitution of the Republic of Serbia when he entered Parliament. What they are attempting to do is merely wishful thinking. They are trying to take advantage of the Kosovo crisis, which has been ongoing for decades, in order to separate the so-called Presevo Valley and Sandzak from Serbia. As I said, these are their empty wishes, and I am sure they will not come true," Danijela Vujacic says.

Marketing expert Nebojsa Krstic believes Ugljanin and Kamberi will continue their attempts to bring Albanians from Bujanovac, Medvedja, and Presevo into the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

"If they continue with it, and they want to, it would be wise to put on the table that the Serbs from Albania enter the CSM," Krstic says.