Dialogue, Serbia doesn’t implement the agreements reached with Kosovo

Dialogue, Serbia doesn’t implement the agreements reached with Kosovo

Pristina, October 14, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Government of Kosovo has presented a report which shows the challenges of the process of talks with Serbia and the implementation of the Agreements of the Brussels’ Dialogue for the period January-September 2014.

The drafter of the report, acting deputy prime minister, Edita Tahiri, who is at the same time, head of the Kosovo delegation in the Brussels talks for the process of the implementation, has presented the evaluation of the government of Kosovo for the progress and challenges of the process of the implementation of the agreements reached in the talks held for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and the technical dialogue facilitated by the EU.

“In the period in question, the government of Kosovo and all other institutions have been entirely committed in the Brussels talks for the normalization of relations between the two countries, although this has been a year of national elections for us. We have been focused on an efficient and sustainable implementation of all Brussels agreements, as we believe that their implementation is crucial to the success of this dialogue and the progress that it aims”, states the report.

The report states that the electoral agenda of both countries has slowed down the dynamic of the talks.

“Spring of this year saw the holding of national elections in Serbia. As a result, the electoral agenda of both countries has slowed down the dynamic of the dialogue, but we believe that another reason for the delays relates to the lack of political will by Serbia to meet the obligations of the implementation”, reads the report.

Through this document, the Kosovo side has accused the Serb side of not doing anything to stop the tendencies of the structures of this state, to intervene in Kosovo’s internal affairs.

“We express our concern about the tendencies to delay the implementation of the Brussels’ agreements, as they offer the possibility to act differently in northern communes and this shows that Serbia has not stopped with its intentions to meddle in the internal affairs of Kosovo. In this period, we are worried about the obstacles in enforcing rule of law and normality in the four northern communes of Kosovo, caused by the illegal mayors of these communes, paramilitary and criminal groups who have hindered the progress of the Serb community in Kosovo during the past fifteen years. These structures also continue to put in danger the life of the personnel of domestic and international institutions that are there to enforce the law, as it was the recent case with EULEX and the barricades that continue to prevent the free movement”, says the report among others.

The document of the government of Kosovo also mentions the tension in the north of Mitrovica.

“In mid June, we experienced tensions in Mitrovica, which stemmed from the unilateral lifting of a barricade from the Iber Bridge and the installement of new ones. We managed to prevent tension by acting with maturity and in coordination with international partners, which resulted in the EU brokered agreement to solve the issue of barricades and make sure that this bridge is the bridge of the freedom of movement based on EU standards”, says the report.

The government of Kosovo says that it praises the progress made through the Brussels dialogue and remains entirely committed to move all the aspects of this dialogue forward. /ibna/