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Kosovo’s president looks to remove borders with Albania

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Kosovo President Hashim Thaci called on Tuesday to remove the border between his country and Albania.

This came during a press conference held at the presidential headquarters in the capital, Pristina, on developments in Kosovo and the region during 2019.

He touched on the statements of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama about his readiness to take a decision to remove the borders and customs crossings between Kosovo and Albania.

The President of Kosovo appreciated Rama’s courage, against the background of these statements.

He added: “I call on my friend Edi Rama once again to set a date to remove the borders and all border obstacles between Kosovo and Albania, without waiting for the views of any neighboring country, as we are sovereign and independent countries.”

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade still considers it part of its territory, and supports a Serb minority in Kosovo.

Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia was recognized by the United States and other Western countries.

On April 19, 2013, Serbia and Kosovo signed an “agreement to normalize relations between the two countries”, which the European Union and the international community described as “historic.”

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