Blerim Shala, advisor to Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, argues in an opinion piece that, “political unity among Kosovars is the key that can open the doors to the finale of the dialogue with Serbia and mutual recognition between the two states”. Shala recalls that the United States and the four biggest Western countries (which up make the Quint) issued a declaration in mid-August saying that they expect the new central institutions of Kosovo to resume dialogue with Serbia as soon as possible and to suspend the import tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Matthew Palmer, the U.S. Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, in all his statements about the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, reiterated Washington’s official position to suspend the tariff, resume dialogue and its conclusion (within the first half of next year) with the mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia. All candidates for the Prime Minister of Kosovo, know very well that the position of the U.S. and the West cannot be ignored because above all because the conclusion of the dialogue and the eventual legally-binding agreement between the two states, is an absolute condition for Kosovo’s long-term internal and international sustainability,” he writes. Shala argues that without unity in Kosovo’s political landscape it is impossible to achieve mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia. “Political unity among Kosovars, and we are probably going to need support from the U.S. for this, is the key that can open the doors to the finale of the dialogue with Serbia and mutual recognition between the two states. This is a historic opportunity that we cannot afford to waste”.