Priština's liaison officer resigns after two days

Priština's liaison officer in Belgrade Lulzim Peci submitted his resignation on Wednesday - two days after he assumed the role.

Source: B92, Tanjug
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According to Albanian language online media, Peci said that he resigned because "Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci criticized him for telling media outlets that the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština can be expected only when Serbia recognizes Kosovo."

These reports on Wednesday were quickly followed by a statement issued by the authorities in Priština, saying that Peci resigned "to forestall his dismissal."

According to this, Peci would have been dismissed because he "presented his political views, addressed reporters in Belgrade in Serbian instead of Albanian, and held unauthorized meetings with Serbian officials."

All this, Priština said, meant that he overstepped his authority.

In his letter of resignation, sent to Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, Peci wrote:

"I was convinced that the state policy regarding the full normalization of relations with Belgrade was precisely Serbia's recognition, but it seems that the policy is not such. Under these circumstances I do not accept to continue to work in the diplomatic service of Kosovo."

Belgrade and Priština exchanged their liaison officers on June 17 at noon, after Dejan Pavićević assumed the post in the EU Office in Priština and Peci at the headquarters of the EU Delegation to Belgrade.

This was one of the results of the negotiations between the Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaci.

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