HT: Mimoza Kusari-Lila 08 Apr 13 April 8, 2013

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Stephen Sackur talks to Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister, Mimoza Kusari Lila. She was born and raised in Kosovo but left Pristina to study in the US. When she returned in 2001 Kosovo was in limbo, a war-torn NATO protectorate. Kosovo's progress has been slow. The long running conflict between the ethnic Albanian majority and the ethnic Serbian minority has not been resolved. Kosovo has a form of independence, but in the Serb stronghold around Mitrovica the Belgrade government continues to play a dominant role. Neither Kosovo nor Serbia will be welcomed into the European family of nations until they end …



Stephen Sackur talks to Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister, Mimoza Kusari Lila. She was born and raised in Kosovo but left Pristina to study in the US. When she returned in 2001 Kosovo was in limbo, a war-torn NATO protectorate. Kosovo's progress has been slow. The long running conflict between the ethnic Albanian majority and the ethnic Serbian minority has not been resolved. Kosovo has a form of independence, but in the Serb stronghold around Mitrovica the Belgrade government continues to play a dominant role. Neither Kosovo nor Serbia will be welcomed into the European family of nations until they end their feuding. And without European investment and universal international recognition Kosovo's economy remains the poorest in all of Europe. Mimoza Kusari Lila is now minister of trade and industry but there's little prospect of economic transformation without a new relationship with Belgrade. How close is that?