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Thaci: Tariff won’t be lifted; visa discrimination must end (media)

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Most news websites cover Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s press conference before his departure to Bratislava, Slovakia, where he will attend the GlobSec Forum 2019. RTK quotes President Thaci as saying that a final settlement between Kosovo and Serbia will bring peace to the region. Lajmi quotes Thaci as saying that the import tariff on Serbian goods will not be lifted and that the discrimination of Kosovo’s citizens in terms of free travel must end. Thaci highlighted the importance of a final peace settlement between Kosovo and Serbia. “The final settlement would include mutual recognition, recognition from the five non-recognizing EU member states, and Kosovo’s membership of the United Nations. At the summit, I will reiterate that Kosovo needs visa liberalization because we have met all the requirements and standards. The isolation and discrimination of our citizens must end,” he said. Thaci said that a meeting at the forum has not been scheduled with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic. “There are no plans for a special meeting between the Presidents of Kosovo and Serbia. I will always welcome any readiness to resume dialogue without conditions. The tariff is a legitimate and fair decision and it must remain in force. No one should see it as an additional requirement for visa liberalization,” he added. Gazeta Metro quotes Thaci as saying that he will have “an uneasy debate” with his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, in Bratislava.

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