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EU Visa Decision 'Insults Kosovo', Thaci Says

Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci said the EU's decision to refuse to scrap visas for citizens of Kosovo was provocative and an insult the country.

Besa Maliqi
BIRN
Pristina
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Kosovo Foreign Ministar Hashim Thaci has voiced his disappointment.

Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci voiced bitter disappointment on Kosovo being left out of the EU's free-travel regime at Thursday's parliament meeting.

The EU's refusal to include Kosovo in its visa liberalisation scheme formed part of the day's agenda.

Thaci stressed strong language in his address, calling the decision incompetent and provocative.

“I consider it a grave provocation and a result of the incompetence and lack of political will of the Brussels leadership. It is a direct insult to the citizens of Kosovo,” Thaci told the floor.

He noted that although he felt no nostalgia for former Yugoslavia and its longtime leader, Josip Broz Tito, Kosovo citizens could move around more freely then than they could now.

“The EU should end this discriminatory treatment of Kosovo,” the minister concluded.

The EU on Tuesday said that only Ukraine and Georgia would be added to the EU's visa-free system by mid-2016.

Kosovo is now the only country in the Balkans whose citizens needs visas to enter the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.

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