Thaçi: Working group to be set up for Serb majority municipalities

Hashim Thaçi

BRUSSELS – Kosovo’s authorities will in the next few days set up a working group to establish the Association/Community of Serb municipalities, Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi told Tanjug on Thursday.

Thaçi could not specify who the members of the working group will be, but noted that there will be no representatives of Serbia.

I respect Serbia’s legitimate interest regarding its people who live in the territory of Kosovo, but Kosovo is an independent state, Thaçi said.

He also reiterated that the Serb-majority association/community of municipalities in Kosovo will have no executive powers and that it will be based on the Brussels agreement, Kosovo’s laws and a decision of the constitutional court of Kosovo.

Sources in the EU headquarters confirmed to Tanjug that Edita Tahiri, who heads Pristina’s delegation in the technical dialogue with Belgrade, was in Brussels on Wednesday for bilateral discussions with officials of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Earlier on, Pristina announced that Tahiri would travel to Brussels to raise objections over Serbia’s blockade of an agreement on telecommunications and a country code for Kosovo.

Sources in Belgrade said that Tahiri was summoned to the EEAS headquarters to explain the delay in implementing the agreement on the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities.

Tanjug’s diplomatic sources in Brussels said that all open issues in the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue were discussed at the meeting.