Kosovo Speaker of Parliament Slams Government for Removing Reciprocity Measures with Serbia

Speaker of Parliament Vjosa Osmani has slammed Kosovo’s government for removing reciprocity measures with Serbia on its third day in office.

Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti had called reciprocity measures imposed by the previous Kurti Government “obstacles to the dialogue with Serbia”.

Shortly after the Hoti government took the decision on Saturday, Osmani wrote in a Facebook post:

“To call reciprocity an ‘obstacle’ means to consider equality as an obstacle. It means that you do not want your country to be treated equally with others. Calling reciprocity an obstacle means that you do not believe that you have sovereign, independent and equal rights, as provided for in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the country. Giving up the right to equal treatment means giving up the right to be treated as the sovereign Republic of Kosovo.”

Osmani is also the deputy head of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), of which Avdullah Hoti is also part. Osmani was LDK’s candidate for prime minister in the last October elections, and the most voted LDK MP and the second most voted MP in Kosovo, only a few votes behind Albin Kurti of LVV.

She  has been at odds with her party leadership since they decided to topple the LVV-LDK coalition government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti for not complying with the U.S. administration’s request to remove tariffs on Serbian goods unilaterally, immediately and unconditionally.

Osmani refused to lead the parliamentary session in which the Hoti government was voted.