Kurti: The Statute of the Community of Municipalities with a Serbian majority clarifies the issue of recognition of Kosovo

"First, according to my political assessment, the draft breaks the legacy of non-recognition of the Republic of Kosovo, which was written in the agreements from 2013 and 2015. Therefore, according to my political assessment, the draft clarifies the issue of the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo"

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Kurti, Photo: Boris Pejović
Kurti, Photo: Boris Pejović
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The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Aljbin Kurti, said before the members of the Assembly of Kosovo that the draft statute for the formation of the Community of Municipalities with a Serbian majority clarifies the situation regarding the recognition of Kosovo.

This draft statute of the Communities was presented to Kosovo and Serbia by international diplomats on October 21.

"First, according to my political assessment, the draft breaks the legacy of non-recognition of the Republic of Kosovo, which was written in the agreements from 2013 and 2015. So, according to my political assessment, the draft clarifies the issue of the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo," Kurti said.

However, he underlined that he has not yet officially accepted that document for the formation of the Community of Municipalities with a Serbian majority, which should provide greater autonomy to the members of the Serbian community in Kosovo.

"Acceptance means agreeing to assume obligations for the implementation of the draft (statute)," Kurti said, adding that he offered to sign the document.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo assessed that the draft statute was carefully written in accordance with the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and noted that the Constitutional Court of Kosovo is also expected to consider that document.

The community of municipalities with a Serbian majority was agreed in 2013 as part of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, while in 2015, the principles for its formation were agreed upon. However, the Constitutional Court of Kosovo judged that these principles are not in accordance with the Constitution, which the Kosovo authorities referred to and refused to form the Union.

In the meantime, in February of this year, Kosovo and Serbia accepted the Agreement on Normalization of Relations based on the proposal of the European Union, and then the Annex for its implementation was agreed upon in mid-March.

The agreement, among other things, foresees that the Serbs in Kosovo will be given a certain level of self-governance.

Foreign diplomats have confirmed on several occasions that the issue relates to the formation of the Community of Municipalities with a Serbian majority.

In the Assembly of Kosovo, the Prime Minister submitted a report on the draft statute presented by international diplomats, at the request of the opposition parties. He also spoke at the last meeting in Brussels on October 26 with representatives of the "big five".

After that meeting, he said that he had accepted the proposal for the Community's draft statute, and that he was ready to sign an agreement on the normalization of relations with Serbia, but that the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, opposed it.

By the way, for the implementation of the agreement for the Association of Municipalities with a Serbian majority in Kosovo, four draft statutes have been drawn up so far: the draft statute of the Management Team, the draft of the vision of the Prime Minister of Kosovo Aljbin Kurti, the draft of the statute of the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama and the draft of the statute of the Association prepared by the German organization Friedrich -Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

Kosovo refused to form it with the explanation that it could adversely affect the internal functionality of the country, while Serbia insisted that it be implemented as agreed in Brussels.

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