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Thaci says no land swap with Belgrade, dreams about parts of Serbia in Kosovo

May 21, 2020

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci denied the outgoing Prime Minister Albin Kurti's claims that Pristina and Belgrade had an agreement on the exchange of territories but said his dream was that Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, three municipalities in southern Serbia with a majority of ethnic Albanians, join Kosovo, the KoSSev website reported on Friday.

 He said he was convinced that the US would encourage 'a final agreement' with Belgrade.

"I dream about Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac becoming a part of Kosovo's territorial integrity without any compromise," Thaci told TV Klan Kosova, adding there were no talks or agreements that would include the exchange those three municipalities for a part of northern Kosovo with a local Serb majority.

"Whoever speaks about the exchange (of territories) does that for internal use, since that has never been on the agenda anywhere, let alone in Washington," Thaci told the TV.

He described Kurti's accusations that he made a secret deal with Belgrade as rumors and said that what happened in Washington was "a show of goodwill to resume the dialogue" on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.  

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a602142/Thaci-dreams-about-parts-of-Serbia-in-Kosovo.html

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