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Kosovo Assembly endorsed platform for dialogue with Serbia

Session of the Assembly of Kosovo; Photo: Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo

PRISTINA – The Parliament of Kosovo endorsed a platform for dialogue with Serbia, Gazzeta Express reports.

The platform which was approved by the majority of MPs in Kosovo’s Assembly provides reciprocal recognition within the existing borders, as well as the withdrawal of the Resolution 1244.

The political priority of Kosovo is to achieve an agreement with Serbia so Kosovo could become a member of Council of Europe, European Union and United Nations, the platform consisting of an introduction and 11 principles says.

The agreement with Belgrade should be made with the mediation of EU and US support that would be a guarantee of its implementation.

Serbia is expected to stop not only with all activities in connection with the recognition of the so-called Kosovo independence from other States but also with the activities in connection with interfering on its road to international organizations.

The establishment of a Tribunal for “crimes of Serbia in Kosovo” is one of the things mentioned in the approved platform.

Natural resources of Kosovo, especially Lake Gazivode and “Trepca” located in the north part of the country are part of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Kosovo, the platform says.

According to Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj by adopting the platform Pristina became more prepared for the dialogue.

The Chairmen of the negotiating team Fatmir Limaj pointed out that the main goal of Kosovo Government when it comes to dialogue is to achieve Belgrade’s recognition, membership in EU and United Nations.

The president of Kosovo Assembly Kadri Veseli argued that by saying “yes” to the dialogue, Pristina has secured the chair in United Nations.

The two biggest opposition parties, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Vetevendosje, have boycotted session and are opposing to Government’s Negotiation Team and platform on dialogue.

“Serbian list” was not presented during the discussion as well.

With 61 votes in favor, 1 abstention, in 120-seated Parliament, MPS have been approved the Platform on Dialogue with Serbia.









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