North of Kosovo toward normalization?

North of Kosovo toward normalization?

IBNA Special Report/6 years following the proclamation of the Independence of Kosovo, situation in the north has given way to stability, in contrast to a recent period when dramatic incidents were constant. How do Serbs and Albanians see the situation? What are the problems that they identify? We’ll read the opinions of Emir Azemi, councilor in northern Mitrovica, speaker of the assembly of northern Mitrovica, Ksenija Bozovic, the head of the Administrative Office of the Government of Kosovo in northern Mitrovica, Adrijana Hodzic and political analyst, Nexhmedin Spahiu

Pristina, February 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Six years after the proclamation of the independence of Kosovo, situation in the north of Kosovo is heading from anarchy to normalization. If we go back to a few years ago, we may recall the dramatic and tragic situations caused by the refusal of the Serb minority concentrated in the region of Mitrovica, to accept the new state.

Representatives of communities that live in the north of Kosovo and political analysts, offer their pros and cons about the situation ruling in this part of the country.

Albanian side sees a consolidated approach

Emir Azemi, councilor in the commune of northern Mitrovica says that the situation in the north is not like in other parts of Kosovo, but, according to him, things are now going positively.

“The Serbs in the north and the international community, which is present in this part, have realized that Kosovo is a state with its borders and which has introduced its customs and constitutional system”, says Azemi.

Azemi also assesses the cross ethnic relations between Albanians and Serbs in the north of Kosovo, which  used to be characterized by clashes, have started  now to be improved with the construction of mutual trust.

The Serb side says that the situation remains the same

The speaker of the assembly of the commune of northern Mitrovica, Ksenija Bozovic, says that the situation in the north of Kosovo is more serious than before the proclamation of the independence of Kosovo and the population that lives there is very concerned.

Bozovic says that there’s also concern about the fact that the leader of “Serbia, democracy, justice”, Oliver Ivanovic is being detained on charges of war crimes.

Mrs. Bozovic says that the international community which is present in the north to impose law and order, has not done this. According to Bozovic, there’s no changes in the situation compared to previous years.

Serb representative in the government: Integration has started

The head of the Administrative Office of the Government of Kosovo in northern Mitrovica, Adrijana Hodzic, says that concrete integration of the northern part of Kosovo in the institutions of Kosovo has started.

“In the past few months, it’s clearer for the citizens of the north of Kosovo that they have no other choice but to integrate in the system of Kosovo, which is necessary and unavoidable. They are clear that this is something that cannot be avoided”, says Hodzic.

“You know that not only in the past 6 years, but in the past 15 years, Belgrade’s power has strongly supported the refusal of the integration of the north of Kosovo in the institutions of Kosovo”.

Meanwhile, political analyst, Nexhmedin Spahiu, speaking for IBNA, says that the north of Kosovo has set a trap for the state of Kosovo in many dimensions.

“The north of Kosovo is part of Kosovo, but it has set a trap for the state of Kosovo in many dimensions. Belgrade wants a Serb Republic in Kosovo and this is obvious now”, said Spahiu, an expert of issues concerning Mitrovica and chairman of the Radio Television of Mitrovica. /ibna/