Kosovo's PM-designate: Under Constitution, Serb List doesn't have to be in govt.

Kosovo's PM-designate: Under Constitution, Serb List doesn't have to be in govt.

Kosovo's PM-designate: Under Constitution, Serb List doesn't have to be in govt. Izvor: REUTERS/Laura Hasani
Aljbin Kurti sa suprugom i ćerkom

The winner of Kosovo general elections held on October 4, Albin Kurti, the leader of Self-determination (Vetëvendosje in Albanian) said the Serb List, Kosovo Serbs' political party, supported by Belgrade, did not represent the whole of Serb community, adding "the Constitution doesn't say" that the List had to be a part of the Government, the FoNet news agency reported on Monday.

Kurti, who is widely believed to become Kosovo's Prime Minister, also says that the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue could resume after Serbia's elections next spring.

The dialogue has been on hold for almost a year, following Pristina's decision to introduce the 100 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia after, as Kosovo authorities said, Belgrade's campaign prevented it from joining Interpol. On Monday, Kurti told Al Jazeera TV  that "the first and the most important step in forming a new government was a coalition agreement with the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).

"I'm aware that if we have 12 ministers, one has to be from the Serb community, but our Constitution doesn't say that person must be from the Serb List, because it doesn't represent the whole of the Serb community."

Kurti rejected the idea on the demarcation with Serbia and added that before the resumption of the dialogue, Kosovo should talk with Brussels about how to continue the negotiations.

Regarding the tariffs, Kurti said he would deal with the issue after assuming the premiership.

Speaking to Bosnian TV, Kurti said that Pristina would talk to Sarajevo directly and that the cooperation between Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina should exist.        

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