Orthodox Christians across the world are today celebrating Orthodox Easter, which this year falls a week after the Catholic and Protestant Easter. All over Kosovo and Metohija worshippers flocked to their local churches and monasteries. Senior Serbian state officials extended their best wishes to the Christian faithful. The Orthodox Church uses the earlier Julian calendar for calculating the dates of festivals such as Easter. The dates on both calendars happen to be the same in some of years, such was the case last year. The Serbian Patriarch Irinej adressed his Pascha Encyclical.
Official Belgrade has gotten hold of an „authentic document” regarding the Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities that Priština submitted to the U.S. and EU representatives yesterday morning. According to the document, titled “Working Mechanism for the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities”, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj should be in charge of the implementation and creation of the A/CSM. This document is nothing short of making nonsense of previous claims by Kosovo institutions that they would create the A/CSM – says the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Head, Marko Đurić. He showed and read out the document to a press conference in Belgrade, just before his first trip to Kosovo after his arrest in Kosovska Mitrovica, which he claimed was submitted by the Kosovo Government, adding that instead of the creation of the A/CSM, Priština wanted to annul the collective political rights of Serbs in Kosovo. “Serbs will not accept it”, Đurić conveyed.
"If we would have spoken openly on Kosovo’s partition, without its mentors, Pristina would start with its own interests and accept the proposal”, claims Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić. Still, powers that be think there would be a massive relocation of population when partition and delineation are mentioned, since they don’t take into account that the ethnic situation on the ground has been in accordance with the actual proposition for partition, he says, adding that the proposal for Kosovo partition is not being even being considered, since they believe that the issue of Kosovo was closed in 2008 with recognition of independence.
The Special Prosecutor's Office of Kosovo issued an indictment against eleven officials and politicians. Among the accused are the current Kosovo Minister, former deputies, deputy ministers, secretary-generals, advisers, a former president of the SO Prizren, and several board directors in public companies, the Kosovo Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. The subject is called "Pronto", which is the name fora series of texts and audio recordings of telephone conversations of top Kosovo officials that were published by the Insideri news web portal under" The Dossier of Bosses" in 2016. In an eavesdropped conversation, one of the leaders of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Adem Grabovci, was arranging the recruitment of suitable persons, the election of presidents and board members in public companies and independent agencies, together with his political counterparts, including the Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, whom he referred to as "the boss".
Head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Ðurić is to attend the midnight Easter liturgy tomorrow, April 7, in Banjska Monastery in the north of Kosovo, reads one-sentence press announcement of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Head Marko Đurić’s visit to Kosovo. Kosovo media reported that this time his visit was approved.
Brussels is increasingly losing its influence as a mediator in negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, and other figures have appeared on the scene, such as Turkish President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan. "A personal friendship between Hashim Thaci and Erdogan is a reality. Among Albanian leaders and politicians very often it is rumoured that once communication between Thaci and Belgrade is not good, the main man who is trying to mediate is Erdogan," said Serbian politician from Kosovo Rada Trajkovic in "Dan uživo" talk show on N1 TV. She points out that the inappropriate arrest of Djuric was connected with the arrest of six Gülenists, and that the events in Kosovska Mitrovica were completely overshadowed by the arrest of these Fetullah Gulen's supporters.
The drafting process for the Statute has started and will take place within a four-month time frame.
“I am convinced that the time has come for a broad political and historical agreement between Kosovo and Serbia,”
We have every reason to doubt the sincerity with which Pristina, after years of delay, enters into the process of drafting the Statute of the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities (ASM) - the first reaction of Belgrade officials - the Office for Kosovo and Metohija - reads after the Kosovo authorities stated they had “reactivated” a Management Team for the drafting of the Statute. Serbs do not need a ASM that would serve as an empty shell with a non-governmental organization mandate, but a “powerful and strong” ASM, with a mandate agreed on in Brussels, which would protect Serbian people - stated the Office for KiM. They exclude any possibility of “selective implementation”, or annulment or amendments to the agreement.
At yesterday’s session, the Kosovo Government appointed members of Trepca’s Supervisory Board, the Kosovo PM’s Office announced. However, Koha daily writes not all members have been appointed, only 6 out of 9 in total. Three slots remain free for the Serb community and an open competition is to be launched “in a few weeks’ time”, the same Pristina-based portal reports.
Kosovo should implement the agreement on the Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities without any further delay. We will now invite the Chief Negotiators from Belgrade and Pristina, their teams, as well as the Management Team and technical experts, for discussions in Brussels, and to engage constructively and in good faith in the drafting process of the Statute - said the Director for Western Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey, and Deputy Managing Director in the European External Action Service (EEAS), Angelina Eichhorst, after the decision of the Kosovo authorities to „reactivate“ the Managerial Team for drafting the Asociation Statute. Eichorst was on a two-day unexpected visit to Pristina to „address recent developments“ and „urgent next steps“ - EU Office in Kosovo announced today. She talked to Kosovan political leaders, from both ruling and opposition parties, societal and security representatives.
I want to say how important it is to my country, my Embassy, that Kosovo Serbs feel at home in Kosovo. We spend a lot of time and effort trying to improve the lives of regular people and we know their challenges. We are going to keep working on challenges like implementation of the language law, justice integration, supporting the rule of law sector, diploma recognition and certainly the minority employment issue. We want to ensure that Kosovo Serbs can see their future in Kosovo. We are going to do our best to help them overcome the challenges so that everybody that wants to live here can feel at home, said U.S. Ambassador Greg Delawie during his visit paid to North Mitrovica.