Serbia’s MPs adopt report on Kosovo but still without clue what Belgrade plans

Serbia’s MPs adopt report on Kosovo but still without clue what Belgrade plans

Serbia’s MPs adopt report on Kosovo but still without clue what Belgrade plans Izvor: Tanjug

After 13 hour-long debate split in two days, Serbia’s Parliament deputies adopted on Tuesday a document prepared by the Government Office for Kosovo and presented and explained by President Aleksandar Vucic, but did not hear anything about what Belgrade panned to do in the future, news agencies reported.

Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and her cabinet attended the session but did not address the MPs.

The members of the Serb List, the political party supported by Belgrade, were also present during the session on Monday, sitting at the gallery and often interrupting Vucic with huge rounds of applause.

Most of the opposition parties continued to boycott the Parliament sessions, while some were present and took part in the debate.

Out of those present, 145 MPs voted in favour of the document, four were against, and 13 abstained.

However, what many expected to hear during the first Parliament’s session with the Kosovo issue on the agenda in almost seven years, did not happen, and a plan, as well as the content of the so-far Brussels-facilitated Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations, remained a top secret.

Vucic said he could not reveal the plan he had because “we are not the only ones who decide” on the issue.

He reiterated he was in favour of a compromise and not of the current frozen conflict, but failed to say what compromise Serbia would accept.

Out of the report's 82 pages, 17 deal with the Brussels dialogue being held since 2013. The other pages were about “the most significant results of the Office for Kosovo from May 2014 to 2019.”

Since 2013, 188 meetings were held, 24 of which at a high political level and 45 political, technical and experts’ agreements were signed, the report said.

 A part of the opposition described the document as “shameful” since it didn’t offer anything regarding the future or the state’s goals and only listed its financial help to the Kosovo Serbs and already known data about the dialogue with Pristina.

The report said the dialogue did not suit Pristina and that Kosovo leaders did everything to destroy it because it worked in the interest of the Serb side.

The dialogue has been on hold since last November when Pristina introduced the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia. Kosovo has been refusing to suspend or abolish the taxes despite pressure from both the US and the European Union.
Belgrade says it will resume the talks as soon as the duties are lifted, and has the EU support in that.

However, Pristina says there is no need for any further talks unless they include the mutual recognition, what Vucic says Belgrade will never accept.

The members of the opposition parties who attended the Parliament session warned Vucic of multiple violations of the Constitution, reminding him that his position is mostly ceremonial and the negotiations with Pristina should be led by the Government.




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