Home Page
news 11 Jan 13

Kosovo Serbs Denounce Serbian Govt's Resolution

Leaders of Serb-run northern Kosovo have sent a protest letter to Belgrade, complaining that Serbia is inching towards indirect recognition of Kosovo's independence.

Local leaders in Serb-run northern Kosovo sent an open letter to Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Thursday, expressing dissatisfaction with the government's recently adopted resolution on Kosovo and with EU-led talks between Srbia and Kosovo.

"The continuation of negotiations [between Serbia and Kosovo] on a technical level and implementation of reached agreements [on border control and other matters] represents an indirect recognition of Kosovo's independence," the letter said.

The letter also says the Serbian people in Kosovo are seriously concerned about the future survival of Serbian-financed institutions in Kosovo, which "have been and remain the main guarantor of the survival of the Serbs in Kosovo.

"In practice, it was confirmed that wherever there are no institutions of the Republic of Serbia there are no Serbs, either," the letter reads.

The resolution, which the Serbian government unanimously adopted on Wednesday, contains six key points.

One is that Serbia will never recognize Kosovo's independence, but another is that the EU-led Belgrade-Pristina talks should continue. The other points concern the status of the mainly Serbian north of Kosovo and guarantees for Serbs elsewhere in Kosovo.

The resolution was adopted along with a "platform" on Kosovo on which local Serbs have earlier agreed. The platform demands a high level of territorial and political autonomy for Serbian municipalities throughout Kosovo.

But Serb leaders in northern Kosovo insist that the resolution is not in line with the platform.

Northern Kosovo, which borders Serbia, is almost entirely comprised of Serbs and the authorities there do not recognise Kosovo's 2008 independence or the government in Pristina.

The area remains under the day-to-day control of so-called parallel institutions, funded by Belgrade, including town councils, health authorities, post offices and schools.

The Kosovo government has long demanded the dismantling of all Serbian-financed bodies in Kosovo.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Serbia - Kosovo Relations: Latest Headlines

highway-from-serbia-to-albania-to-boost-relations-07-04-2016 News 05 Jul 16 Obstacles Blocking Serbia-Kosovo Highway, Experts Claim

Analysts said the positive effects of a planned highway connecting Serbia with Kosovo and eventually Albania will not be fully felt unless Belgrade and Pristina do more to ensure free movement.

kosovo-sporting-heroine-sets-her-sights-on-rio-07-01-2016 feature 01 Jul 16 Kosovo Sporting Heroine Sets her Sights on Rio

Judoka Champion Majlinda Kelmendi is hoping for a medal at Rio where she will represent Kosovo in the country’s first-ever Olympic Games.

kosovo-s-eu-visa-victory-leaves-serbs-feeling-cold-05-12-2016 Analysis 13 May 16 Kosovo’s EU Visa Victory Leaves Serbs Feeling Cold

Kosovo Albanians have welcomed the European Commission call to extend visa-free travel to Kosovo - but Kosovo Serbs fear they may be left out of the benefits.

kosovo-football-wins-the-uefa-vote-05-03-2016 News 03 May 16 UEFA Votes to Admit Kosovo as Member

European football governing body UEFA voted to admit Kosovo as its 55th member, which means that teams from the country can now enter European club competitions.

osce-takes-over-serbian-elections-operation-in-kosovo-04-20-2016 News 21 Apr 16 OSCE Agrees to Run Serbian Elections in Kosovo

Following the same pattern used for previous Serbian elections, the OSCE will handle the votes cast by Kosovo Serbs in the Serbian parliamentary elections on April 24.

entry-ban-s-to-serbian-officials-kosovo-s-force-demonstration-04-14-2016 News 15 Apr 16 Kosovo Flexes Muscles by Banning Serbian Politicians

Ban on entry of the head of Serbia's Kosovo Office - one of several recent bans - is designed to remind Belgrade that Kosovo does not want the Serbian election campaign conducted on its territory, experts say.

azem-vllasi-vucic-understands-the-new-age--04-11-2016 Interview 12 Apr 16 Azem Vllasi, ‘Vucic Understands the New Age’

The veteran politician, rights activists and lawyer says Kosovo is on the right track, union with Albania is impossible - and Aleksandar Vucic is a more honest leader of Serbia than Boris Tadic was.

serbia-kosovo-fail-to-end-a-blockade-on-serbian-trucks-04-04-2016 News 05 Apr 16 Kosovo Fails To Lift Blockade On Serbian Trucks

A blockade on Serbian trucks transporting 'dangerous' materials into Kosovo remains intact despite a meeting in Vienna called by the European Union.

ministry-allows-famous-artist-s-book-to-enter-kosovo-03-30-2016 News 01 Apr 16 Kosovo Ends Standoff Over Famous Actor's Memoir

Kosovo has ended an embarrassing muddle over a book by the famous Kosovo-born actor Bekim Fehmiu, which fell victim to a dispute between Kosovo and Serbia.

kosovo-gears-up-for-serbian-elections-osce-set-to-jump-in-once-again-03-17-2016 News 18 Mar 16 OSCE Likely to Help Kosovo Serbs Vote in Serbian Poll
The exact modalities of voting in the Serbian general elections in Kosovo have yet to be clarified but the OSCE Mission in Kosovo is set to facilitate the process once again.