Pristina’s Parliament adopts platform, seeks UN SC Resolution 1244 annulled

Pristina’s Parliament adopts platform, seeks UN SC Resolution 1244 annulled

Pristina’s Parliament adopts platform, seeks UN SC Resolution 1244 annulled Izvor: AFP
Kosovo's Parliament

The Parliament of Kosovo endorsed on Thursday the Platform and Law on the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations envisaging mutual recognition within the existing borders, the respect of the rights of ethnic Albanians in Serbia and resolving of all open issues with Serbia, N1 reported.

The Platform, passed with 61 deputies in favour and one who abstained, called for the abolishment of the UN SC Resolution passed in 1999 after the Kosovo war, with a neutral stand on Kosovo's final status.

The Platform also says there won't be any separate deals but only a comprehensive agreement.

Opposition deputies who left the session announced they would challenge the adopted law before the Constitutional Court, saying  many of its articles were contrary to the highest legal act. They said they would also organise a protest against it.

In the first reaction from Belgrade, President Aleksandar Vucic called a session of the National Security Council for Friday.

Later on Thursday, Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo told an urgently called news conference that by endorsing the Platform, Pristina sent “a clear message to the world that the dialogue was over as far as it is concerned.”

“By adopting the Platform stipulating that the only possible solution in the dialogue was the recognition of the so-called Kosovo which should be in line with so-called Kosovo’s Constitution, without even mentioning the Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo, Pristina clearly tells the domestic public and the international community that the talks are finished,” Djuric said.

He added that Belgrade’s moves would be known after the meeting of the National Security Council on Friday.

Dusan Janjic, from Serbia’s Ethnic Relations Forum, said Pristina was a step ahead of Belgrade by passing the Platform for the dialogue and that Serbia’s authorities’ should ask themselves why they did not endorse such document.

 Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said the approval of both the Platform and Law for the dialogue on a final and legally binding agreement cemented Kosovo’s position with its borders unchangeable like they were when it declared independence on February 17, 2008.

The opposition protested against the urgent procedure of adopting the documents and left the session which was boycotted by the parliamentarians from the Serb List, Kosovo Serbs’ political party supported by Belgrade.

That document says any deal must be in line with Kosovo's constitution which stipulates "the indisputable, inalienable and inseparable sovereignty and integrity."

It also says the rights to natural and other resources on Kosovo's territory belong to Kosovo and that that issue is not open for discussion.

The documents stipulate there won't be any other level of authority but local and central. That means the Community of the Serb Municipalities (CSM) if ever formed won't have any executive power.

However, it remains unclear how those documents will be implemented since President Hashim Thaci, who has been at odds with Haradinaj for a while, heads the Brussels-sponsored dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on behalf of Kosovo in line with the constitution.

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