Berisha: Kurti and Rama will never establish normal relations; citizens suffer
Demo Berisha, the president of the Albanian National Council in Serbia, says for Kosovo Online that due to the cooling of relations between Tirana and Pristina, the citizens of Kosovo suffer the most. He also does not expect relations between Albin Kurti and Edi Rama to ever improve because, he says, Kurti does not recognize the authority of Tirana and wants to be the leader of all Albanians, not just in the Western Balkans.
"The fight between Kurti and Rama has never stopped. I think Kurti and Rama will never establish normal relations. Kosovo Albanians will never understand or accept that Albania is an older country. Based on what still carries that false patriotism created after the war in Kosovo, they believe they deserve to be the leading country, not Albania," Berisha says.
He adds that tensions persist even after Kurti's protocol visit to Albania on the occasion of the Independence Day of Albania on November 28.
"They are now seeking the creation of Albanian Macedonia. These criteria are growing day by day. There is also a problematic relationship with the European Union, which sees what is happening and takes no action against Kurti, all in pursuit of their idea of Kosovo's independence. It is well known that the Quint countries are crucial for influencing Kosovo; they are the ones secretly and openly supporting Kurti. Kosovo Albanians, therefore, believe they deserve to be in charge. On the other hand, Rama has shown a different approach to all of this, and he is more oriented towards EU politics. However, Rama's influence on Kurti is very small. Americans, on the other hand, exert pressure through President Vjosa Osmani, and she is the one who will control the political situation in the future, including Kurti, until the end of his mandate. When pressed on the key issue in relations between Pristina and Belgrade, which is the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities, he will then resign, leading to new elections in Kosovo. There is no other option for him to stay in power," Berisha says.
Our interlocutor emphasizes that due to the cooling of relations between Tirana and Pristina, the citizens of Kosovo suffer the most.
"At this moment, we have two groups. We have Albanians as the majority living in Kosovo, and they are focused on economic issues and making everyday life easier since there is currently no economic prosperity in Kosovo. We will see what happens after the New Year. It is well known that 33 percent of employees say they will travel to Europe after visa liberalization. On the other hand, there is a civic initiative - this concerns the Serbs; they will suffer the most. This constant pressure was felt in Zvecan during the celebration of the Independence Day of Albania. There was no need to move that celebration from Pristina to Zvecan. It is a form of soft pressure on Serbs to make them understand that Kosovo is no longer a place for coexistence," Berisha says.
Although he believes that relations between Kurti and Rama are generally poor, the president of the Albanian National Council in Serbia has seen some positive developments in relations between Pristina and Tirana in recent weeks.
"This month, it was seen that relations were moving in a positive direction. There were many events primarily related to the celebration of the 111th anniversary of the independence of Albania. There were events that were joint, through the presence of Vjosa Osmani at the Third Summit of the Albanian Diaspora, where all Albanians from around the world gathered at the invitation of Edi Rama. Political representatives of Albanians from Serbia, from the municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac, and others, were also there. There were also ceremonies organized by Rama and President Begaj, and it is moving towards relations reaching a different level than in the previous period," Berisha says.
As he adds, it is evident that efforts are being made to create a common state.
"If we consider that 79 agreements on mutual cooperation have been signed between Kosovo and Albania so far, this indicates the fact predicted by analysts from Pristina - that the future is actually in a common state. Given the security problem of Kosovo at the moment and, as they say, the danger from the Republic of Serbia, the level is reached where the proposal for the formation of joint security forces is made, that is, to unite the Kosovo Security Service with the Albanian army. These relations are heading towards achieving the goal regardless of the ban by Germany, especially when Angela Merkel was in power. She insisted that two independent states be created completely without anything in common, but that does not prevent them from cooperating. At this moment, it can be seen that they are heading towards that goal," Berisha concluded.