PRISHTINË, 28 MARCH 2013
Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi said Thursday in front of the Assembly of Republic of Kosova that 2 April is going to be a decisive day in the expected agreement between this country and Serbia.
Mr Thaçi made the statement while reporting before the MPs on the EU- and U.S.-facilitated dialogue process for the normalization of relations between the state of Kosova and Serbia.
“We are at the most sensitive, most substantial and at the same time most difficult stage of the negotiations for Serbia. I say for Serbia, because we are at the stage where Serbia has to unconditionally dissolve security structures,” – Mr Thaçi stated.
“It is obvious that this is not going to be an easy face-off for them, because they will have to face a problem that they themselves kept nurturing for the last 13 years,” he added.
The PM stated there is agreement on the Serb side that these structures should be dissolved as soon as possible and unconditionally. He added that the process will be reviewed by international organizations like EULEX< KFOR as well as Republic of Kosovo institutions,
The government of Kosova has promised during the negotiations with Belgrade that all those who have not been involved in criminal activity will be integrated into Kosova’s institutions.
The first round of talks concluded without any results. According to the Government of Kosova, the main reason for this was failure to reach an accord on the competencies of the association of communes with a Serb majority. Belgrade insists that this association should retain executive competencies, which Prishtina refuses.
In the next round of meetings to begin on April 2nd, the parties will have to decide on signing an agreement which includes the competencies of the Association of Communes and the unconditional disintegration of parallel structures, as well as other issues such as that of missing persons, telecommunications, energy, etc.
PM Thaçi announced that Serbia will not be allowed to recycle patters characteristic of the region’s past, such as Republika Srbska, a division of Kosovas, autonomy, special status or any sort of Ahtisari Plus package.
Should the agreement be reached, Kosova will expect the UN Security Council to prepare and pass a resolution which will recognize Kosova as a full UN member. Belgrade on the other hand is expected to move forward with its EU membership.