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Kosovo: Kurti confirms the abolition of temporary residence permits for Albanians

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti confirmed that Albanian citizens would no longer need a temporary residence permit to live and work in Kosovo.

Kurti made his statement during a meeting of the General Council of the Vetëvendosje Movement.

“As a government, we made the decision to remove the application for a temporary residence permit for Albanian citizens, so that they can be employed without any issues in Kosovo,” Kurti said.

He stressed that co-operation between police forces in the two countries had made it possible to seize “record amounts of trafficked narcotics”.

Addressing EU-mediated talks with Serbia, Kurti reiterated the four conditions his government has set in order to reach a final agreement.

First, according to Kurti, a final agreement with Serbia, in addition to recognizing Kosovo, must be accompanied by the country’s membership in the United Nations.

“So an agreement that includes only recognition by Serbia, but which is not followed by a country in the UN, or offers a country in the UN as a substitute for recognition by Serbia, can be an agreement, but it can not be final.” Tha Kurti.

Second, the agreement must have the force of a binding international agreement under the provisions of the Vienna Convention.

Kurti further explained that his government has taken a new stance in relations with the dialogue, making it clear that the dialogue cannot focus on the status of Kosovo, but on the relations between the country and Serbia, “which should be based on equality and reciprocity. ”

Finally, Kurti hinted that Kosovo has made many compromises in accepting the Ahtisaari Pact. It is no longer willing to compromise and expects the international community to recognize and accept it as a sovereign country in the UN.

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