If Pristina fails to form the ASM, Serbs will leave and abolish Pristina institutions

Foto: Rade Prelić, Tanjug

„If Pristina unilaterally decides not to fulfill the obligations signed before the EU – the obligations of Serbs arising from the Brussels dialogue will also cease to be. And the possibility of abandoning all central institutions in Pristina and abolishing all Pristina institutions in Serb-majority areas in Kosovo will be considered,“ reads the conclusion from a joint meeting of political representatives of Kosovo Serbs and the head of the Kosovo Office, Petar Petkovic held today.

According to Petkovic, a „harmonization of views“ of the Serb government and the representatives of Kosovo Serbs took place at the meeting held in Belgrade.

The meeting was attended by Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Administration and Local Self-Government, Goran Rakic, Kosovo Minister for Communities and Returns, Dalibor Jevtic, mayor of Zubin Potok, Srdjan Vulovic, mayor of Zvecan, Vucina Jankovic, mayor of Gracanica, Srdjan Popovic, mayor of Leposavic, Zoran Todic, and Acting Mayor of North Mitrovica and the head of the North Mitrovica PA, Aleksandar Spiric, members of the Kosovo Assembly, Slavko Simic, Ivan Todosijevic, and Igor Simic.

The Vice-President of Srpska Lista, Milan Radoicic, and former Kosovo Minister of Administration and Local Self-Government, now a member of the National Assembly from the ranks of the SNS party, and Ljubomir Maric were also present at the meeting.

„The formation of the ASM is a strategic interest of Kosovo Serbs. Any disregard for the obligation on its formation – with all its competencies as per the Brussels agreements – will be treated as an open attack on the acquired rights of our people,“ Petkovic told media after the meeting.

The Serbian state leadership has warned on several occasions about the possibility that representatives of Serb politicians in Kosovo could leave Pristina institutions. The last such alerts arrived after the first instance verdict against Ivan Todosijevic was issued, as well as at the beginning of last year, immediately after the announcements arrived from Pristina about the new Trepca mine statute. This announcement also became known for the 45-day deadline the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic gave to Srpska Lista to decide on the issue.

While the departure from the institutions never came to be, this was not the case with the freezing of the status.

Representatives of Srpska Lista have repeatedly frozen their participation in Kosovo institutions. Some of the reasons behind this decision included the dismissal of the then Minister Aleksandar Jablanovic, the adoption of the Law on Trepca, the arrest of Marko Djuric, the introduction of taxes, and the adoption of the Statute of Trepca.

On one occasion, they also froze relations with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci because of his, as they claimed, disrespect for the Serbian community, which they described in an eight-point letter.

As the former head of the Kosovo Office, Marko Djuric told RTS this morning, the meeting with the political representatives of Kosovo Serbs was called due to the „developing situation“.

When asked to specify which situation he was talking about, Djuric replied:

„The developing situation is that Pristina simply rejects any conversation on the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities and we are facing an increase of pressure on Kosovo Serbs. Do not forget that in the previous days we had a series of attacks on Serbian children in Kosovo. Since we made all our decisions during consultations, jointly and united, together with President Vucic, a meeting will be held today with all representatives of Serbs from Kosovo.”

“During the meeting, Pristina’s efforts to take down, suspend, destroy the dialogue and the response of the Serbian side to something like that will be discussed,“ said Djuric, who was recently appointed as Serbian ambassador to Washington.

 

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