Minorities condition the voting of KAF with reserved seats

Minorities condition the voting of KAF with reserved seats

IBNA Special Report/The transformation of Kosovo Security Forces into Kosovo Armed Forces remains a hostage of reserved seats for minorities in the parliament of Kosovo. In order for this to be passed in parliament, it needs 2/3 of the votes and this includes the votes of minority MPs. IBNA hears from the Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Nenad Rasic, vice chairman of the Serb Liberal Party, Petar Miletic, Enis Kervan, member of the steering committee of the Turkish party KDTP, Bosnian MPs, Duda Balje and Emilija Rexhepi and Minister for Kosovo Security Forces, Agim Ceku

 

Pristina, April 29, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Representatives of minorities in the institutions of Kosovo continue to demand secure seats for minorities in the parliament of Kosovo for at least another term. This is one of the conditions that they have imposed in exchange of the creation of Kosovo Armed Forces (KAF).

Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Nenad Rasic says that he doesn’t personally link these two things, but he says that the request for the reserved seats comes before the request for KSF to turn into KAF.

‘We have voted the incentive for the creation of KAF in the government, but we have also said that our demands are older. This is why we have demanded and demand to have a better coordination of the majority parties for the reserved seats. I’m skeptic that someone may convince MPs that voting on KAF goes in favor of their communities”, says Rasic.

The vice chairman of the Serb Liberal Party, Petar Miletic says that Serb MPs will not vote on the creation of KAF if  “several changes” are not effectuated.

“The Serb community has never conditioned the transformation of KSF into KAF with the reserved seats. These are media speculations. I’ve often declared that we’re not against the formation of KAF, because in the past two weeks, nobody has talked to us on this issue”, says Miletic.

Enis Kerva, member of the steering committee of Turkish party KDTP, says that he will personally vote in favor of KAF, because the creation of these forces is in the best interest of all communities.

MPs from the Bosnian community, Duda Balje and Emilija Rexhepi says that they have not yet decided what they’re going to do. They say that the priority of minorities will be taken into account and of course, reserved seats are a priority.

Minister of Kosovo Security Forces, Agim Ceku says that he’s convinced that parliament of Kosovo will soon vote in favor of the creation of Kosovo Armed Forces.

Considering this day as a historical one, Ceku says that this decision must be the most consensual one that parliament of Kosovo has taken so far.

Ceku is convinced that minorities will offer their support for the creation of KAF and that they will not link it to reserved seats.

“I expect this to be the most consensual decision that parliament has taken in its history. This national and historical project will receive the largest number of votes”, says he.

IBNA learns that prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci is negotiating with the largest opposition party, Democratic League of Kosovo to convince this party into extending the term of reserved seats for minorities in parliament for another year, in order for them to vote on the voting of KAF and dissolution of parliament.

Leader of PDK and prime minister of the country, Hashim Thaci will make an offer to the opposition leader, Isa Mustafa, chairman of LDK. IBNA learns that Thaci will offer June 15 as the date for the holding of early parliamentary elections in exchange of the vote of the MPs of LDK for the continuation of reserved seats for minority communities.

According to IBNA’s sources, this scenario will be realized through the exchange of the votes of the minorities for the creation of KAF with the votes of the majority parties for the continuation of reserved seats for minorities in parliament.

In such circumstances, minorities would also vote for the dissolution of parliament, which needs 80 votes. Otherwise, elections would have to be postponed for September, because the opposition doesn’t have the necessary votes to overthrow the government. Based on calculations, PDK, LDK and AAK do not have the sufficient number of MPs to dissolve parliament without the votes of minorities.

Self Determination is against the dissolution of parliament. AKR of Behgjet Pacolli prefers the elections to be held in the fall. Therefore, in order for the elections to be held in the first part of the year, the leader of the largest opposition party, Isa Mustafa, needs to accept the offer for the continuation of the term of the guaranteed seats for minority communities, something which has been objected by LDK.

KAF is expected to be voted on the May 5 parliamentary sitting. 2/3 of the votes are needed for the creation of KAF and 2/3 of the votes from minorities. /ibna/