Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi criticized the EU for “officially” appointing Miroslav Lajčak as Special Envoy on the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia.
Thaçi tweeted last night that Lajčak was destined to fail in his work because he has worked to stop his country, Slovakia, from recognizing Kosovo, and to vote against its membership in UNESCO.
EU officially appointed a Special Envoy on the dialogue between Kosovo & Serbia. I congratulate him for the nice job he got. But his new mission is designed to fail due to his record to stop Slovakia to recognize Kosovo & the vote against Kosovo’s seat in UNESCO.
— Hashim Thaçi (@HashimThaciRKS) March 20, 2020
The president’s statement was refuted by Peter Stano, the Spokesperson of EU’s High Representative Josep Borrell. Stano wrote that no appointment has been made yet and that Thaçi’s statement was “inaccurate and factually incorrect”.
Surprised to see such inaccurate & factually incorrect statement, procedures within the EU are ongoing,no decision was taken, no appointment made nor announced,once the process is completed, we will announce officially @MFAKOSOVO https://t.co/kZWlGyVlpV
— Peter Stano (@ExtSpoxEU) March 21, 2020
Whilst Borrell has confirmed that he has formally proposed to EU Member States the appointment of Miroslav Lajčak as EU Special Representative for the Dialogue and the Western Balkans, the latter has not been officially appointed.
Lajčak has been a Foreign Minister of Slovakia since 2012, and was previously EU’s High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Thaçi also slammed the EU, Borrell and Lajčak two weeks ago, after meeting with Serbia’s President Alexandar Vučić at the White House in Washington, at the invitation of the US envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Richard Grenell.