EU-backed Kosovo Coalition for Reconciliation established in Pristina

Pristina, Kosovo; Photo: European Union

PRISTINA – Humanitarian Law Centre in Kosovo, ArtPolis and AKTIV from Mitrovica have established the Kosovo Coalition for Reconciliation with the support of EU office in Pristina.

The aim of this mechanism is to improve cross-ethnic relations in Kosovo and encourage the process of reconciliation between Serbs and Albanians, IBNA reports.

During the launching event held on Thursday, Stergios Tragoudas of the EU office in Kosovo, said that the process of reconciliation is very challenging, while bringing the example of EU member countries about the way they’ve overcome problems.

He emphasised the importance of reconciliation for EU, reminiding that its members had tackled their disputes through cooperation with the citizens and different institutions.

Members of the coalition were represented by Bekim Blakaj, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Law Centre in Kosovo, Zana Hoxha Krasniqi, Founder and Director of ArtPolis and Miodrag Milićević, Executive Director of the NGO AKTIV.

“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.

According to IBNA, Milićević stated that all ethnic groups in Kosovo want to improve their quality of life and have equal rights.