Home Page
news 10 Jan 13

Serbia Govt Adopts Kosovo 'Platform' and Resolution

The Serbian government has adopted a long-awaited 'platform' and a resolution on Kosovo, which have not been made public but are unlikely to contain many surprises.

Bojana Barlovac, Edona Peci BIRN Belgrade, Pristina

After two hours of discussion on Wednesday, the Serbian government unanimously adopted two binding documents on Kosovo, a resolution and a "platform".

The government is yet to make the two documents public. But Balkan Insight has learned that the resolution contains six key points.

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

The platform, meanwhile, demands a high level of territorial and political autonomy for Serbian municipalities throughout Kosovo.

Northern Kosovo, which borders Serbia, is almost entirely comprised of Serbs and the authorities there do not recognise Kosovo's 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.

Locals in the north have already offered support for the Serbian government's official platform on Kosovo.

The government session was attended by President Tomislav Nikolic, who said Serbia had showed that "it can stand unanimously behind a document, with all the reservations and apprehensions one has when talking about Kosovo.

"What we are doing today is a minimum of what we could have gotten several years ago and the maximum of what we will be able to get in a few years," Nikolic said on Wednesday, referring to a feeling that the passage of time had not assisted Serbia in its battle over what it still calls its "southern province".

The Serbian parliament is scheduled to vote on the resolution on Saturday.

“I hope that MPs will understand the importance of the moment and their responsibility because this is not some bill we should fight over,” the President noted.

Kosovo officials have dismissed the latest flurry of activity over Kosovo in Serbia. The Deputy Prime Minister, Hajredin Kuci, said the "platform" was purely for Serbia's own internal consumption and would not get much support from the international community.

"The platform is just a piece of paper for internal use," Kuci said on Wednesday.

Kosovo proclaimed independence from Serbia in 2008 and has since been recognised by 98 of the 193 UN member states, though not by five EU states, Russia or China.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Serbia - Kosovo Relations: Latest Headlines

belgrade-pristina-ready-to-resume-talks News 19 Dec 14 Kosovo, Serbia Ready to Resume EU Talks

After months of delay, Kosovo and Serbia are willing to continue the EU-mediated dialogue early next year in Brussels.

video-searching-for-solutions-in-the-balkans news 08 Dec 14 VIDEO: Searching for Solutions in the Balkans

Croatia made it across the finish line, but the rest of the Balkan countries seem to be far away from their European future. What kind of new approaches can be explored to ensure that the accession story ends well?

mogherini-calls-for-action-of-belgrade-pristina-deals News 19 Nov 14 Mogherini Urges Action on Kosovo-Serbia Deals

Federica Mogherini, the EU's new foreign policy chief, has called on Kosovo and Serbia to continue implementing deals brokered in Brussels ahead of a resumption of talks.

kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-a-big-deal-but-the-momentum-is-waning News 13 Nov 14 Kosovo-Serbia Talks Need Reviving, Report Says

Only four of 16 accords reached in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue have been fully implemented according to Big Deal, a civil society project involving NGOs from Kosovo and Serbia.

few-kosovo-serbia-deals-implemented-report-warns News 13 Nov 14 Few Kosovo-Serbia Deals Implemented, Report Warns

A new report on Kosovo-Serbia deals shows that only a quarter of the agreements reached in Brussels have been fully put into action.

new-momentum-is-needed-in-kosovo-serbia-dialogue News 22 Oct 14 Kosovo-Serbia Talks Need Reviving, Report Says

New momentum is needed in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue after the timeout caused by elections in both countries, a report by Kosovo and Slovak think tanks suggests.

serbia-misspends-millions-aimed-to-help-kosovo News 23 Sep 14 Millions Earmarked For Kosovo Serbs 'Wasted'

Hundreds of millions of euros from the Serbian budget that is supposed to help the Serbs in Kosovo have been misspent, a new TV investigation claims.

 

kosovo-nationalist-party-might-run-belgrade-pristina-dialogue-1 News 10 Sep 14 Kosovo Opposition Hand Serbia Talks to Nationalists

Four political parties aspiring to form the new government in Kosovo have handed management of the crucial EU-led talks with Serbia to the nationalistic Levizja Vetevendosja party - well known for its opposition to the dialogue.

kosovo-negotiators-hobbled-by-strife-at-home News 04 Sep 14 Kosovo Negotiators Hobbled by Strife at Home

Kosovo’s representatives in talks with Serbia do not have the mandate to reach agreements because Pristina still has no government three months after national elections, analysts say.

arrest-warrants-issued-for-kosovo-serb-politicians news 01 Sep 14 Arrest Warrants Issued for Kosovo Serb Politicians

The EU rule-of-law mission wants to arrest a Serb mayor and former mayor – a move that could further heighten tensions in the north of Kosovo.