Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci says that he is disappointed with Serbiaâ€™s “chauvinistic” approach towards Kosovo.
He added that he hoped that Belgrade and PriÅ¡tina would establish better relations as “one country towards another”.
â€œWe expected Belgrade to have shed the mentality from the Slobodan MiloÅ¡eviÄ‡ era in relation to Kosovo,â€ Thaci said in an interview with France Presse marking the first anniversary of Kosovoâ€™s unilateral independence declaration.
The prime minister said that PriÅ¡tina had good will and a sense of responsibility for normalizing “bilateral relations, including the recognition of Kosovo and Serbia as two independent states, opening a Kosovo embassy in Belgrade, and a Serbian embassy in PriÅ¡tina”.
He said that while Serbia “aspired to EU and NATO membership”, its relations with Kosovo remained “completely chauvinistic” in order to try and compromise “Kosovoâ€™s territorial integrity”.
â€œFor Kosovo, Serbiaâ€™s picture was one of genocide, and it still is genocide,â€ Thaci said.
He said that he was â€œproudâ€ of the â€œfunctionality of the state of Kosovoâ€ and the fact that 54 countries of the world had recognized it.
“During the second year of independence we expect to become members of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank,â€ he said.
However, Thaci added, â€œwe must hold meetings between PriÅ¡tina and Belgrade regarding issues of joint interest such as displaced persons and those who want to return to their land and property.â€