Association of Serb communes is the main source of the political crisis in Kosovo

Association of Serb communes is the main source of the political crisis in Kosovo

Pristina, 11 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The Association of Serb Communes continues to be the main source of the political crisis in Kosovo. The opposition has warned protests to stop this institution, which according to them, jeopardizes the sovereignty of the country.

To reduce tensions, the president of the country, Atifete Jahjaga has sent the “Association” to the Constitutional Court.

Analysts in Pristina say that the ruling of the Constitutional Court will not have any effect in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia.

They believe that the Constitutional Court has offered a chance to reduce political tension in Kosovo, which has now turned into a conflict, making it impossible for the parliament of Kosovo to function normally.

Following the decision of the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend the agreement for the Association of Serb Communes, the political elite in Kosovo must reflect. However, any further prolongation would not automatically lead to a solution of the problem.

University of Pristina professor, Milazim Krasniqi, says that the suspension offers another chance to reduce political tension in Kosovo.

“From what I can understand, the temporary suspension is an ordinary procedure, which doesn’t threaten the decision of the Constitutional Court. But this suspension is necessary for the moment, because it can reduce tension and can help parliament to resume proceedings. Now, this is a perfect opportunity for the opposition to go to parliament and unfold all of its arguments, which must serve to the Constitutional Court for its final ruling”, professor Krasniqi said.

Expert of European law, Evliana Berani, says that the temporary suspension will not have an effect in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia.

“I don’t think today’s decision of the Constitutional Court will have an impact in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia, because it doesn’t annul the agreement; it only postpones its application until 12 January, when the Constitutional Court is expected to come up with its ruling on the Association”, Berani says.

As far as the dialogue is concerned, she says that “Kosovo and Serbia have been two actors in a foreign show”.

She believes that processes in Kosovo and Serbia cannot affect the dialogue’s expected epilogue, an agreement for a functional peace between the two countries. /ibna/