Koha Ditore carries an opinion piece by ORA leader Veton Surroi who says that Kosovo has now entered the stage of Standards after the status; it is just that most Kosovans are unaware of this fact.
We first had the principle ‘standards before status’, afterwards ‘standards and status’ and for several weeks now we have entered the stage of ‘standards after status’. The third stage implies, according to Surroi, that any delay in Standards implementation should not hinder the opening of the status definition process.
There are three stages in approach to Kosovo’s status.
First, the international community has reached the stage of Standards after the status, and views the coming autumn for launching the negotiation process on the status.
Authorities in Kosovo are moving with a slower ‘speed’ than the international community. They are stuck with ‘Standards with the status’ and have dedicated all their attention to implementing the priority Standards.
Kosovo Serbs, such as in Belgrade, are using an even lower speed than the Kosovar authorities. They are still at the stage of ‘Standards before status’.