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The European Union will take into account Boris Tadic’s plan for Kosovo, if the Democratic Party forms the new government in Belgrade, the EU ambassador to Serbia said.
“The EU will not impose solutions, it is up to Pristina and Belgrade to find it through the dialogue. We have greeted Tadic initiative and we will discuss it after the elections, if the Democrats stay in power," ambassador Vincent Degert said.
Tadic's Plan for Kosovo:
The plan recommends international recognition of Kosovo's independence in return for the Kosovo government agreeing to decentralization and special protection for minorities, including education in their own languages, special health services and broad autonomy.
Tadic's plan has not been disclosed in detail to the public. He sent a detailed version of the “four–point proposal” to the so-called Quint countries [Germany, France, Italy, Britain and US] in January but the plan itself was not made available for the broader public.
However, the plan is believed to advocate special status for Serbian Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo, guarantees for Serbs in the south of Kosovo, resolution of Serbian property claims and a special solution for mainly Serb northern Kosovo.
According to media reports Tadic’s approach leaves aside the thorny question of Kosovo’s status.
Degert said it is crucial that both Pristina and Belgrade implement the agreements reached in the EU-facilitated dialogue.
“It is not enough that countries agreed on the issues, they need to implement the agreements, especially the representation of Kosovo in regional forums," Degert added.
“To reach the next step in the EU agenda, and in Serbia’s case that is the start of the negotiation, Belgrade and Pristina need to agree on issues of telecommunications and electricity," he noted.
Degert said both countries should realize that there is no going back to the past, and that Kosovo’s independence should not be questioned, since the International Court of Justice had ruled that Kosovo's declaration of independence did not break international law.
“Serbia plays the key role when it comes to stability of the region and Serbia moving towards the EU is motivating the others in the region to move in the same direction - this is one of the reasons that EU is so eager to continue the EU integration process here," he concluded.
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