Jablanovic: We are not asking for autonomy within Kosovo

Jablanovic: We are not asking for autonomy within Kosovo

Pristina, 7 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Serb List MP, Aleksandar Jablanovic, says that the Association of Serb Majority Communes has no similarity whatsoever with the Srpska Republika in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Jablanovic says that Serb citizens in Kosovo are not demanding autonomy inside of Kosovo through the Association of Communes, because according to him, this would mean accepting Kosovo’s independence.

The changes in term and powers, by turning this Association into a Communion, requires legal amendments, as the laws of Kosovo do not recognize the term Communion.

Jablanovic says that the to achieve this, the Serb List will try and amend the law on local governing and not through constitutional amendments.

“Association of Serb Majority Communes in Kosovo is not a second “Republika Srpska”, because we consider ourselves as citizens of the Serb Republic. If we demanded autonomy within Kosovo, this would mean that we accept the independence of Kosovo”, Jablanovic says.

The issue of the Association of Serb Majority Communes continues to be the main obstacle in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels.

While Kosovo strongly objects to giving this association executive powers, Serb representatives insist for this body to be similar to Srpska Republika in Bosnia. /ibna/