The EU office in Pristina in cooperation with several NGOs for human rights, led by Albanians and Serbs, have established the Kosovo Coalition for Reconciliation.
The aim of this mechanism is to improve cross-ethnic relations in Kosovo and encourage the process of reconciliation between Serbs and Albanians.
Bekim Blakaj, head of the Humanitarian Right Fund based in Pristina, said that this time, they’ve decided to join forces with different organizations to contribute for sustainable peace and reconciliation in Kosovo.
“We must document the past and the fact that such a large number of people went missing during the war, because people need to know these things”, Blakaj said.
Miodrag Milicevic, head of “Aktiv” NGO based in Mitrovica, said that all ethnic groups in Kosovo want to improve their quality of life, they want to have equal rights and they want all communities to be respected.
EU officials have also backed the creation of this coalition, by saying that such incentives are very important.
Stergios Tragoudas of the EU office in Pristina, said that the process of reconciliation is very challenging, while bringing the example of EU member countries about the way they’ve overcome problems.
“We’re talking about reconciliation and as you know, reconciliation is a core value for the European Union. In cooperation with citizens and different institutions, EU member countries have managed to tackle their problems. We have member countries which have minorities and they have succefully managed to tackle these problems”, he said. /ibna/