IBNA Special Report/ Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia amid negotiations and protests

IBNA Special Report/ Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia amid negotiations and protests

Pristina, May 30, 2013-by Tinka Kurti

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci and that of Serbia, Ivica Dacic will meet several times in the month of June in Brussels. Other protests have been warned in order to object these meetings.

Short term periods have been decided for the implementation of the Agreement for the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade. For police in the next two weeks, justice system until the end of June, whereas local government elections which will be held in Serb majority communes are expected to be take place in Autumn.

Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman of the head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton has issued a general response. “Dialogue continues in all levels. The April agreement must be implemented now”, said Kocinancic.

Meanwhile, Kosovo is yet to ratify the agreement reached in Brussels. The speaker of parliament, Jakup Krasniqi doesn’t offer any details as to when the ratification of the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia will be place in the order of the day in parliament.

Yesterday, the government approved the agreement and implementation plan, by sending it to parliament as a bill.

“I don’t have any information as to whether the bill has arrived in parliament. As soon as it arrives, it will follow all the necessary steps until it reaches the plenary session”, said Krasniqi.

Meanwhile, Self Determination Movement has objected this process since the very beginning. It has warned protests on the day when Parliament will vote this bill.

For this reason, the head of the parliamentary group of Self Determination Movement, Visar Ymeri is expected cancel his visit in the USA and will return to Pristina.

This political subject is also getting ready to object the approval of the agreement inside and outside parliament.

In a press conference, representatives of this party warned for protests before the Parliament of Kosovo (photo) on the day when the agreement will be ratified.

Aware of the inability to veto an international agreement with 12 MPs, the secretary of SD, Dardan Molliqaj has also sought the help of the largest opposition party, LDK (Kosovo Democratic League).

“The importance of LDK and other opposition parties is growing because the ratification of this agreement requires two thirds of MPs in the parliament of Kosovo”, said Molliqaj.

LDK had declared a while ago that it would object any agreement that goes beyond the laws and Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. Currently, it’s not yet clear if LDK will vote the ratification of the agreement.

On the other hand, Glauk Konjufca MP has declared that the implementation plan obliges the government to offer amnesty to the Serb criminal structures in the north.

“Our prisons are being filled with soldiers of the Kosovo Liberation Army and on the other hand, Serbian criminals acting in the north of Kosovo are being offered amnesty”, added Konjufca.

Prime Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic has told MEPs on Wednesday that the Serbian government wants the Agreement with Pristina to be implemented in its entirety and stressed that this doesn’t mean Serbia recognized Kosovo.

“The April 19 agreement will be implemented and there’s no room for dilemma here”, said Dacic before the Committee for Foreign Policies according to media in Belgrade. He said that Serbia has not recognized the independence of Kosovo with this agreement, but that it’s aware of the situation on the field. /ibna/