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Thaçi: Talks without recognition, the process is failed

  • 11/3/2020 3:55 PM
Thaçi: Talks without recognition, the process is failed
The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, said on Monday that the talks between Kosovo and Serbia only make sense if the issue of mutual recognition is put on the table, otherwise, he said, it is a failed process.
He made these comments in Pristina, after paying homage to the two heroes of the nation, Afrim Zhitia and Fahri Fazliu on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of their fall in a clash with Serbian police.
Criticism of the current talks facilitated by the European Union has also been expressed by leaders of political parties in Kosovo who are opposing, as they say, the sliding of the talks towards already closed topics.
Last week, Kosovo and Serbia expert groups met in Brussels to discuss issues related to financial and property claims. But even this time the meeting ended without any progress. The Serbian side is asking for the Association of Serb-majority municipalities to be discussed in the talks facilitated by the European Union, while Kosovo already calls it a closed issue.
Serbia's top authorities, President Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister Ana Bernabic and Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic, gathered in Belgrade on Monday assessed as a special meeting to discuss Kosovo, among others.
The Serbian president said in a press conference after the meeting that the Association of Serb-majority municipalities is an unconditional obligation of the Brussels agreement and according to him the institutions of Pristina have pledged to establish that association without any conditions. He said that the Albanians do not want a compromise solution and the only thing they are talking about is mutual recognition, which for Serbia, according to him, is meaningless.
Serbia demands that this mechanism be established according to the agreement reached in 2015, which provides for broad responsibilities in several areas, but the Constitutional Court of Kosovo had found numerous violations in the agreement and in its opinion, the association can be established only according to the constitution and laws of Kosovo.
Serbia is seeking changes to Kosovo's constitution to enable the transfer of more executive responsibilities to the association of Serb-majority municipalities. But Kosovo opposes any change that would give executive responsibility to such an association.

During his recent visit to Kosovo and Serbia, the European Union special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia talks, Miroslav Lajcak, said that there could be no normalization of relations between the two parties without the implementation of the agreement on the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo. But European officials have also ruled out any possibility of the association having executive responsibilities.
/Klara Ruci/