The fresh round of talks between Kosovo and Serbia ended without an agreement

The fresh round of talks between Kosovo and Serbia ended without an agreement

Pristina, 28 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa and that of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic discussed on Wednesday evening in Brussels about the normalization of relations between the two countries.

At the end of this meeting, PM Mustafa declared that no concrete agreement was reached.

Mustafa said that the main topic of discussions was the implementation of the agreement for the creation of the Association of Serb Communes in Kosovo, adding that no agreement has been reached on a deadline for the creation of this institution.

“As far as this topic is concerned, I expressed my official stance that the Association can only be implemented in the framework of the decision of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, of the first agreement and of the law which ratifies the first agreement. Nothing will function in Kosovo if it violates constitutional principles”, Mustafa said.

On the other hand, prime minister of Serbia, Vucic said that he doesn’t accept “any decisions issued by the so called Constitutional Court of Kosovo”.

“The talks are not easy and they demand new ways on how to unblock the creation of the Association of Serb Communes”, Vucic said.

Meanwhile, the EU head of diplomacy, Federica Mogherini said that the talks were held in a good atmosphere and that they discussed issues which relate to the implementation of the agreements reached so far.

“It was confirmed that the mutual recognition of diplomas and school certificates is becoming a reality. Based on this, students will be able to continue their studies, while those with professional diplomas will be able to gain professional skills in both Serbia and Kosovo. We have made a lot of efforts for the implementation of the agreement on free movement, namely in the domain of the use of license plates”, Mogherini said.

Mogherini also said that the meeting discussed the Association of Serb Communes.

Meanwhile, in December last year, Constitutional Court of Kosovo issued a ruling according to which the Association of Serb Communes must be established as it was foreseen in the first agreement reached in Brussels in April 2013 between Kosovo and Serbia.

According to the court’s ruling, the principles of the agreement for the Association violate the Constitution of Kosovo. This has mined the creation of this institution and has deepened political crisis in the country. /ibna/