The European Union and the U.S. will exert pressure on Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to begin a dialogue on the normalization of relations with Serbia without any preconditions, Richard Caplan, a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford, has said in an interview with Radio Free Europe.
In the evening on April 13, Caplan also said that Serbia will not accept Kurti’s preconditions, because of which the dialogue could last forever, much like in the case of Cyprus or between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“It is a question whether there will be a dialogue. I think there is pressure on Kurti and Serbia to continue the talks. There is a possibility that they will resume, but I am not overly optimistic regarding the results they may have,” Caplan pointed out.
He added that Kurti had lowered the level of expectations by suggesting that it is not realistic to focus on the comprehensive agreement, and that instead the focus should be on the issues such as the missing persons.
“One of the aspects everyone hopes can bring about change is Serbia’s membership in the EU. Were this realistic – and the condition for that is that Serbia normalizes its relations with Kosovo – then we could have a breakthrough. Bu nowt, when I look into the future, I am not too optimistic,” Caplan said.