PRISTINA, Kosovo — Khaldoun Sinno, head of the European Commission Liaison Office in Prishtina, requests further efforts to achieve visa liberalization for Kosovo: “Since 2009, when we proposed a dialogue for visa liberalization for Kosovo, we have been focused on two main issues: repatriation and reintegration of returnees” … “Some progress has been made in terms of repatriation – some agreements have been reached … but there should be done more in terms of reintegration. … our mission realized that not much has been done in this regard at the local level”
Sinno also reminded negative experiences concerning the beforehand establish-ed visa liberalization in further Balkan countries, resulting subsequently in reluctance regarding this process for Kosovo at some EU states.
Referring to the Marty report on alleged organ trafficking in Kosovo Sinno denies an at least direct impact on the visa liberalization process said: “I don’t think that this report has affected relations between Kosovo and the international community. But it is true that the reports, such as the Marty one, have damaged Kosovo’s image. The best that Kosovo can do is to … improve the image that has been created.” – For more news see the Kosovo Media Monitor, 24.04.2011