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Association of Serb Communes increases tension between Kosovo and Serbia

By   /   28/12/2016  /   Comments Off on Association of Serb Communes increases tension between Kosovo and Serbia

Association of Serb Communes in Kosovo was the main topic of the political agenda in 2016. This project stemming from the Brussels’ talks which aimed at normalizing relations between Pristina and Belgrade triggered a number of debates and protests. Although the association was planned to be implemented in 2016, it was made impossible due to the objection of the opposition.

The Serb side is convinced that the Association will be established during 2017.

Head of the Kosovo Office at the Serb government, Marko Djuric says that if the government of Kosovo doesn’t form the Association, then Serbs will do this on their own until February 2017.

“We will not beg anyone to implement what we have agreed on. If there are no concrete steps in the weeks to come for the establishment of the Association of Serb Communes, then Serb representatives, in agreement with their state, will create the Association of Serb Communes starting from 15 February”, Djuric said.

On the other hand, Minister for Dialogue in the government of Kosovo, Edita Tahiri, says that Serbia has “no role in the creation of the Association of Serb Communes in Kosovo”.

According to her, Serb representatives are not authorized to do such thing.

“Serbia has no role in the creation of the Association of Serb Communes in Kosovo”.

According to her, Serb representatives are not authorized to do such thing.

Tahiri said that the Association cannot be established for as long as Serbia continues to violate the agreements reached in Brussels.

“The latest violation that Serbia has made to the Brussels dialogue was with the construction of a wall in Mitrovica. I would first ask them to demolish the wall and not violate the Brussels agreement and once Serbia is on the path of complying with the agreements, then Kosovo will do its part of the bargaining”, she said. /balkaneu.com/

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