Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Friday Kosovo’s 100 percent tax on Serbian and Bosnian imported goods will remain unchanged, despite Albanian Prime Minister’s Edi Rama’s request for the opposite.
“Prime Minister Rama can’t have requests, as he is governing Albania, but he can have his own stand, which is respectable. No one can have requests. He had his own opinion that the tax is better avoided,” Haradinaj said at Kosovo’s “Pressing” TV show.
According to Haradinaj, this and other topics, including the idea of border correction between Serbia and Kosovo, were discussed during a dinner among Albanian and Kosovo leaders, at Hashim Thaci’s new residence.
Haradinaj revealed that it was Edi Rama who initiated this dinner, initially foreseen to be held in Tirana and then held in Pristina.
“The meeting was Rama’s initiative. It was a careful conversation. The same topics: the tax, dialogue [between Kosovo and Serbia under EU mediation], final settlement options. These were the topics, but there was no change of attitude. It was a dignified conversation,” Haradinaj said.
Haradinaj highlighted that despite Rama’s good intentions, he should step down his efforts to take decisions for Kosovo.
“I respect everyone’s opinion. Rama can say what he wants. His responsibility is Albania. I see him being alright so far, but he doesn’t have to assign himself more weight than he can carry. We are our own decision-makers,” Haradinaj said.