Pristina, November 18, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Visit permits for Serb officials to Kosovo and their counterparts to Serbia, will no longer be received as of December 1 from the EU offices in Belgrade and Pristina, but in the respective “embassies”.
Dejan Pavicevic, liaison officer of Serbia to Pristina says that this is not a step toward the establishment of diplomatic relations with Kosovo, claimed by particular diplomatic circles in Brussels.
Pavicevic says that this is a “de-bureaucratization procedure in order to prevent obstacles for Serb officials to come to Kosovo “.
He says that “based on the new procedure, Serb officials will not ask for permit, but they will only inform about their visit to Kosovo due to safety issues”.
Meanwhile, deputy PM of Kosovo, Edita Tahiri says that the visits of Serb officials in Kosovo can only take place with the permission of the state of Kosovo.
This was a reply to “the ambassador of Belgrade to Pristina, Dejan Pavicevic”.
Deputy PM of Kosovo, Edita Tahiri, who leads the technical dialogue with Serbia, declared that such visits must be made according to international diplomatic regulation.
“There will not be visits of Serb officials without the consent of the state of Kosovo. These are diplomatic rules decided by the Vienna Convention. Thus, the agreement reached in Brussels on Friday respects diplomatic procedures”, said Tahiri.
She says that the agreement reached on Friday in Brussels clearly shows the procedures that must be followed for visits of Serb representatives in Kosovo and vice versa.
Serb analyst, Dushan Janjic says that this is a step toward establishing diplomatic relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
“This is the first step toward establishing diplomatic relations between Belgrade and Pristina. This is the realization of a big idea, the so called Balkan Benelux. These agreements come in the framework of the facilitation of free movement between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia”, says Janjic. /ibna/