Government answers Lajcak’s question to the Association shortly before he arrives in Kosovo
The Association of Serb Municipalities
will not be a topic of discussion in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. This is the
stance of the Government of Kosovo a few hours before the European Union
special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia the dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak arrives in
Pristina to convince Kosovo officials not to exclude this topic from the
Three months ago, the dialogue between
Kosovo and Serbia was unblocked after a 20-month impasse, but now it has
stalled again. The issue of the Association has become Serbia’s next condition
to return to the dialogue table. But for the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah
Hoti, this issue is closed and will not be discussed anymore.
The Prime Minister’s Office, in a response to the Gazeta Express answered the question that Lajcak asked on Sunday in an interview for the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung.
“[The Association] is a very
sensitive issue that the Constitutional Court of Kosovo has also spoken about –
and this opinion should be taken into account. But those who say that now is
not the time for it (for the Association to be established), I ask them, ‘When,
if not now? You signed this agreement yourself,’” said Lajcak.
However, the Government of Kosovo has
emphasized that it stands behind the principle that the Association will not be
renegotiated, like any other agreement signed earlier and approved by the
“Kosovo remains faithful to the principle that the topics on which an agreement has been reached, and which have received the support of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo thus becoming a legal and an international obligation, cannot be renegotiated or intervened in,” the Prime Minister’s Office told Gazeta Express.