Kosovo Police announced today that all preparations have been completed concerning the decision the Kosovo government made in late June to start issuing a declaration sheet to Serbian citizens entering Kosovo with ID documents issued by the Serbian authorities. The entry/exit documents will be issued starting from August 1st.
On June 29th, the Kosovo government decided that citizens with ID cards issued by the Republic of Serbia entering the territory of Kosovo would receive a declaration sheet replacing their personal identification documents during their stay in Kosovo.
The Kosovo police presented the details regarding the implementation of this decision today. They underlined that every person attempting to cross the border crossing with an identification document issued by the Serbian authorities would be provided with an entry/exit document that would temporarily replace the Serbian ID card – thus allowing them to travel freely within Kosovo and use its institutions.
The police further stated that this document will be issued at all air and land crossings and that it will be valid for 90 days from its issuance.
The document will also be issued to persons under 16 years of age, who do not possess an ID card, provided they have a birth certificate with a photograph attached.
Back in June, along with this decision, the Kosovan government also declared that owners of vehicles with license plates issued by the Serbian authorities for cities and towns in Kosovo (PR“, „KM“, „PZ“, „GL“, „UR”, „PE”, „DA” or „ĐA”) will be able to replace their license plates with Kosovo (RKS) plates from August 1 to September 30.
The Kosovo authorities view these plates as „illegal“, which is why they use the term „registration“. They also described this decision as “a concession” facilitated by the fact that the vehicles with these plates “will not be subject to customs duty.”
Furthermore, when it comes to vehicles with Serbian license plates of cities and towns outside Kosovo, the sticker regime will remain in force until October 31st.
Kosovo officials and those who support the Kosovo government have repeatedly interpreted all these decisions as „measures of reciprocity“ with Serbia – „rounding off sovereignty and territorial integrity“ and „introducing legality“ in the north.
Apart from political condemnations, Kosovo Serb citizens have yet to receive any concrete and public instructions from official Belgrade regarding the issue.
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