COVID-19 vaccines more important for Pristina than dialogue with Serbia

Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani in Pristina, Kosovo, 04 April 2021. [EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ]

Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani said on Tuesday that dialogue with Belgrade “cannot be a priority” before sufficient amounts of COVID-19 vaccine are secured for Kosovo citizens.

The president said that “friendly countries and international organisations” would help Kosovo get the necessary amounts of vaccine. 

Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday that her country will continue talks with Serbia. 

“Our small but special country does not fear. On the contrary, we will continue talks even with those who are responsible for conflicts and genocides in BiH and Kosovo in the last decades,” Gervalla said in her speech during a meeting of UNSC members on Kosovo. 

The minister highlighted the case of Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman, now an MP. 

“One of the youngest members of parliament was raped by Serbian forces when she was only 16 years old. She took the courage to overcome the burden and talked about her experiences. She is the voice of over 20,000 raped women. None of the Serb perpetrators have been tried for the crimes committed,” Minister told the UNSC. (Željko Trkanjec |

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