Belgrade suggests a compromise to end disputes with Kosovo

  • Jakub Maděránek
  • 18.8.2017 12:23

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic proposes to demarcate borders for the Serb population living in Kosovo, which should lead to resolving the dispute which is an obstacle to Serbian integration into the EU. The agreement should ensure autonomy for Serb enclaves in Kosovo, protection of the status of Orthodox monasteries and financial compensation for property, including industrial and energy equipment, claimed by Serbia.

Enver Hoxhaj, Kosovar Foreign Minister, remains sceptical of the possible success of the political dialogue if Serbia continues to block Kosovo’s memberships in international organizations such as UNESCO and Interpol, and unless the talks include recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. In addition, the internal political crisis hampers the successful dialogue, since the government has not been formed for two months. Lawmakers for the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), who was the winner of the election, are opposed to the election of the parliamentary speaker, which is essential for the appointment of the prime minister and the constitution of a new government. Concerns over the internal political situation were also expressed in a joint statement on 13 August by Britain, France, Italy, Germany and the United States. Moreover, the political crisis has negative economic and social impacts on one of the poorest European countries.

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