BREAKING NEWS

The long-awaited news! UK approves 'Pfizer-BioNTech' vaccine for use (This is where mass distribution begins)

The long-awaited news! UK approves 'Pfizer-BioNTech' vaccine for use
x

Rajoni

Association, "next conditionality" for the continuation of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Brussels final message

Association, "next conditionality" for the continuation of the

The issue of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities seems to be a key point influencing the dialogue process between Serbia and Kosovo. The next meeting in Brussels was scheduled last Monday, and despite the statements that this meeting was postponed as a result of Covid, according to foreign media, the truth lies in the fact that Serbia wants the topic of the Association to be on the agenda, while the party Kosovar does not accept the discussion of such a point. The Democratic Institute of Kosovo and the CiviKos Platform estimate that the continuation of the dialogue process can be postponed or extended in time due to the opposing positions of the two countries, regarding the formation of the Association. The Constitutional Court of Kosovo has found that the principles for it are not in accordance with the Constitution of Kosovo, although it has said that they can be harmonized with a legal act of the Government of Kosovo. The formation of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo is foreseen by the Brussels Agreement of 2013, reached in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. In 2015, the two countries, under the mediation of the European Union, reached an additional agreement for the establishment of this Association. Kosovo says that the issue of the Association is a closed issue, although it has not been formed yet, Serbia insists that this issue should be discussed again. Moreover, at the last meeting of Kosovo and Serbia at the level of experts in Brussels, Belgrade conditioned the continuation of the dialogue on this issue. The formation of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo is foreseen by the Brussels Agreement of 2013, reached in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. In 2015, the two countries, under the mediation of the European Union, reached an additional agreement for the establishment of this Association. Kosovo says that the issue of the Association is a closed issue, although it has not been formed yet, Serbia insists that this issue should be discussed again. Moreover, in the last meeting of Kosovo and Serbia at the level of experts in Brussels, Belgrade conditioned the continuation of the dialogue on this issue. The formation of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo is foreseen by the Brussels Agreement of 2013, reached in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. In 2015, the two countries, under the mediation of the European Union, reached an additional agreement for the establishment of this Association. Kosovo says that the issue of the Association is a closed issue, although it has not been formed yet, Serbia insists that this issue should be discussed again. Moreover, at the last meeting of Kosovo and Serbia at the level of experts in Brussels, Belgrade conditioned the continuation of the dialogue on this issue. Kosovo says that the issue of the Association is a closed issue, although it has not been formed yet, Serbia insists that this issue should be discussed again. Moreover, in the last meeting of Kosovo and Serbia at the level of experts in Brussels, Belgrade conditioned the continuation of the dialogue on this issue. Kosovo says that the issue of the Association is a closed issue, although it has not been formed yet, Serbia insists that this issue should be discussed again. Moreover, in the last meeting of Kosovo and Serbia at the level of experts in Brussels, Belgrade conditioned the continuation of the dialogue on this issue.

EU position

The European Union has clarified that its position remains that all agreements reached in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia should be implemented and that in implementing the Agreement establishing the Association of Serb-majority municipalities, the opinion of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo should be taken into account. . "It is up to Kosovo to propose how to move forward, with the implementation of the 2013 and 2015 agreements, taking into account the opinion of the Constitutional Court," said EU spokesman Peter Stano when asked if the Establishment Agreement should be implemented. of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities based on the decision of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo ”. Earlier, Stano had said that Kosovo with these agreements has taken obligations in good faith and must adhere to those obligations. "The EU and the member states expect the parties to implement all the agreements from the past. The issues raised by the previous agreements should be addressed in parallel with the ongoing negotiations for a comprehensive agreement ", said Stano, while answering the questions regarding whether the parties will talk about the establishment of the Association during the talks in Brussels. “The Association is a tool created in 2013 to address the needs of the Serb minority community in Kosovo. As part of the comprehensive agreement negotiations it is essential to address the arrangements for the minority community in general. In 2013, Kosovo entered into an Agreement to establish the Association of Serbian Municipalities. This agreement has been made in good faith by all parties involved. It has never been canceled or withdrawn. Actually, The 2013 agreement was ratified in the Assembly of Kosovo by a 2/3 majority vote. "By doing so, Kosovo has taken on international obligations to implement this agreement," said the EU spokesman. The EU spokesman, expressing the position of the European bloc, added that "it is up to Kosovo to propose the way forward for the implementation of this agreement". Stano said that "the decision of the Constitutional Court regarding the Association has been regularly misinterpreted".

"The court has never said that the Association cannot be established. Therefore, we expect Kosovo to respect the obligation it has undertaken in the dialogue. "The issue of arrangements for the non-majority community - the Association should be addressed as part of the comprehensive agreement, as agreed by the leaders at their first meeting in July 2020 and was confirmed in the last round on September 7," said Stano.