DECLARATION AGAINST CHANGE OF BORDERS IN REGION – adopted by RWLSEE and women parliamentarians from Kosovo and Serbia, in Durres Conference, on 15 September 2018
- Concerned with recent regional development, which directly endanger peace processes and security not only of the region but also Europe itself.
- Concerned with destabilizing trends in the Balkan region which surfaced the dangerous ideas of potential change of borders after so many years of pursuing one set of values of EU integration of all 6 WB countries.
- Concerned with the lack of support of EU, US for the human and minority rights as a framework for guarantee of multiethnic societies and states and their focus on stability and security as a priority.
- Having in mind that European Integration of the Western Balkan countries and the principles imbedded in the democratization process such as rule of law, multiethnic concept, human rights, tolerance, pluralism and reconciliation that leads to the EU membership.
- Guided by these principles, RWLSEE and other participants of the Durres meeting took very strong position against the change of borders in the region because it leads to instability and unforeseen consequences to the region and beyond. Its negative impact lead to broader radicalization which would hinder democratization process and European perspective, for which we invested for more than 20 years.
- Considering that the region is currently exposed to conflicting geo-strategic interests, we, consider that speeding up the EU integration of Balkan countries would prevent opening other agendas which would undermine ongoing processes and achievements.
- We strongly support the continuation of Brussels dialogue on normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade and facilitated by EU which would lead to final agreement ensuring lasting peace and stability in the region. We strongly urge women to be included into the dialogue process in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and EU policies on gender equality.
Participants of the meeting included: Edita Tahiri, RWLSEE Chair/ Former Minister for Dialogue and Chief Negotiator, Kosovo; Gordana Sobol, RWL SEE Steering Committee Member/ Former MP and Chairwoman of the Mandate and Immunity Committee, Croatia; Sonja Biserko, RWLSEE Steering Committee Member/Director of Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Serbia; Eglantina Gjermeni, RWL SEE Steering Committee Member /Member of Parliament (MP), former Minister of Urban Development, Albania; Irina Pockova, RWL SEE Steering Committee Member/ Chairperson of Women’s Chapter of SDA political party, Macedonia; Memnuna Zvizdić, RWLSEE Steering Committee Member, Executive Director “Žene Ženama”, Bosnia and Herzegovina ; Members of Parliament from Serbia: Gordana Čomić (DP); Nataša Mićić, MP and leader of LDP, RWLSEE Member, Serbia; Members of Parliament from Kosovo: Xhevahire Izmaku (PDK), Mexhide Mjaku-Topalli (PDK), Hykmete Bajrami (LDK), Time Kadrijaj (AAK), Diana Çekaj-Berisha, RWLSEE Coordinator, Arbresha Dedinja, RWLSEE Project Assistant.
RWLSEE is a unique regional women peacebuilding organization founded in 2006. Its mission is to empower women in peace processes and decision making in efforts of promoting peace, stability and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the all six countries of Western Balkans. It holds that more women represented in the relevant peace and political processes brings better and more sustainable results. Its membership are high level women from politics, parliaments, governments and civil society from seven-member countries Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.