Kosovo’s Thaci: I’ll resign if Parliament rejects deal with Serbia

Kosovo’s Thaci: I’ll resign if Parliament rejects deal with Serbia

Kosovo’s Thaci: I’ll resign if Parliament rejects deal with Serbia Izvor: N1

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci said on Tuesday he would resign and call a referendum in case the Pristina Parliament did not adopt an agreement with Belgrade, the KoSSev website reported.

Thaci said the agreement might include the annexation of Serbia’ southern region of Presevo Valley with three municipalities in two of which local Albanians create a majority.

He said that Kosovo would not have to give a part of its territory in return and that the move would not violate the constitution, but would only change it.

Kosovo’s President said he was sure the referendum would be in favour of such deal since over 75 percent of Kosovo’s people support the annexation of Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja.

He added that 99 percent of the population in Presevo Valley support the annexation.

However, the Serbs are a majority in Medvedja making up 86.4 percent of the population according to the 2011 census, with 7.1 per cent of the Albanians.

Earlier, Thaci said Kosovo’s hostility to Serbia should not imperil its relations with the US, referring to the import tariffs imposed on goods from Serbia and Bosnia last November and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's rejection to revoke the decision despite increasing pressure from the US and the European Union.

Haradinaj is also against any border changes saying it would only lead to new catastrophe.

The idea of border changes or the territory swap has been circulating for some time. A German paper said it was agreed that a few Serbia’s villages would join Kosovo while a new borderline would be drawn between Serbia and northern Kosovo with a Serb majority and that the agreement would be signed in Washington on June 12.

 Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said last August he favoured the separation with Albanians.

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